HEALTH & SAFETY

Heat Stroke Awareness Foundation Created in Name of Former Player

Martin-Polsenberg was 16 when he collapsed due to heat stroke.

Source: The News Press (Southwest Florida)

A foundation and website have been established in the name of late Riverdale High School student and football player Zach Martin-Polsenberg to increase awareness to the dangers of heat stroke.

Martin-Polsenberg was 16 when he collapsed due to heat stroke during an offseason morning workout on June 29.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior lineman received immediate aide and was rushed to the hospital, according to the family and the Lee County School District.

Doctors estimated his core temperature was 107 degrees for more than an hour before they could start to bring it down, according to the family.

Martin-Polsenberg, who suffered internal injuries and was in coma, was moved to a hospital in Miami on July 6 for more specialized care. But his condition worsened, and he was removed from life support on July 10 surrounded by his family.

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