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Florida lawmakers tackle heat strokes among student athletes

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Posted at 5:46 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 05:46:47-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother is urging state lawmakers to do more to prevent student athletes from succumbing to deadly heat stroke.

Laurie Giordano says her 16-year-old son, Zach Martin, died in the summer of 2017 after collapsing during football practice.

She says her son would still be alive if he had received immediate help.

Now, she wants lawmakers to require schools across the state to have basic equipment on hand during practices to treat heat-stroke emergencies.

Since 2011, four students have died in Florida from “exertional heat stroke” — the most of any state.