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Old 08-21-2014, 11:17 AM   #195
Darryl Shaw
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Re: Exercise Associated Hyponatremic Encephalopathy, Gatorade and the ACSM

Originally Posted by Russell Greene View Post
On August 6th Zyrees Oliver, a 17-year old with a 3.8 GPA, attended high school football practice in the 90-degree Georgia summer heat. Five days later, he died in the hospital.

But it wasn’t the heat that got him.

During practice, Zyrees complained of cramps. His aunt Dr. Tammy Chavis reports that he drank approximately 2 gallons of water, and two gallons of Gatorade. It’s not clear if his excessive drinking preceded or followed the cramps.

I am not sure if anyone precisely measured Zyrees’ fluid consumption, so take that 4 gallon figure with a healthy dose of electrolytes. And as of right now we don’t know the full story behind Zyrees’ death. Perhaps something in addition to over-hydration played a role. When the autopsy comes out, we’ll know more.

Nonetheless, the press reports that “Relatives said doctors told them Oliver suffered massive swelling around the brain from overhydration.” They also indicated that he had water intoxication (over-hydration). In other words, it sounds like Zyrees died from exercise associated hyponatremic encephalopathy (EAHE).

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From your blog post -

Zyrees did not die from an unpredictable accident, or an act of nature. His death was a predictable consequence of excessive hydration and extreme hyponatremia. With the right hydration guidelines made public to all coaches and athletes, he may have survived today.
From the comments in your blog post -

Originally Posted by Russell Berger
A kid has died because of the perpetuation of a myth that was exposed over a decade ago. There is no excuse for NATA sitting around waiting for consensus before they change what are effectively life-threatening recommendations. If their organization is so ineffectively slow on issues of this magnitude, I suggest they disband and find something else to do."
Using a childs death to support your anti ACSM/Gatorade agenda is in really poor taste. Might I suggest you edit this post and remove this comment and wait until the autopsy results are known before exploiting this tragedy for your own (CrossFit's) aims?

Last edited by Darryl Shaw : 08-21-2014 at 12:04 PM.
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