An Impactful “One Shot” Birthday Bash Plus Exertional Heat Stroke Awareness

An Impactful “One Shot” Birthday Bash Plus Exertional Heat Stroke Awareness

Thank you to all that attended the Matthew Mangine Jr. Foundation “One Shot” Birthday Bash! We celebrated Matthew with 160 friends, family, and supporters. The event hosted a live auction, keynote speakers, and raised more than $50,000 to continue to promote awareness, education, and medical safety measures of all cardiac related episodes for competitive youth and high school sports.

Your support has helped us expand our mission to provide the community with resources and education to ensure the safety of our young athletes. We hope to see you again at next year’s Birthday Bash!

Listed below are just a few of the schools we have already been able to help.  These are examples of what we plan to continue to make an impact on in the community of youth sports:

Today we are going to highlight what Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS) is, what to look for, and how to prevent EHS, with information provided by the Korey Stringer Institute.

What is exertional heat stroke?: Heat stroke is defined when the body overheats and reaches an inner core temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Exertional heat stroke is associated with an increase in core body temperature brought on by “intense physical activity in hot weather,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Heat stroke symptoms: William W. Chow, a board-certified neurologist states whether heat stroke strikes while you’re doing physical labor in the heat or simply sitting in the sun on an unusually hot day, the symptoms are mostly the same. These symptoms include a high body temperature, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, flushed skin, headache, a racing heart rate, confusion, agitation, slurred speech and irritability. Heat stroke can also lead to seizures and a coma.

Treating heat stroke: Cooling the athlete’s body as soon as they show signs of heat stroke is the immediate action needed to prevent long term effects or death from heat stroke. This can be done with getting the athlete in a cold tub, and wrapping them in cold towels as an extra measure.

Your support provides us the tools to educate on sudden death in athletes. Join us in celebrating Matthew’s Heavenly 19th Birthday this month by donating $19 to MMJF.