Texas offensive lineman Patrick Hudson was taken to a hospital and treated in intensive care with a heat illness after practice on Wednesday, the school announced on Thursday.
The 6-4, 335-pound sophomore was suffering “exertional heat cramps” and placed in a cold tub when trainers observed his body temperature rising, head trainer Anthony Pass said.
”We immediately went into our exertional heat illness protocol, which included cold water immersion, in order to get his temperature down and to transport him to the hospital for further care,” Pass said. “Patrick remains in the hospital and his condition continues to improve.”
Tom Herman: Hudson out of intensive care
Head coach Tom Herman told reporters that Hudson was out of the ICU.
“Everything’s great,” Herman said. “His body temperature is back to normal. All the vitals are great.”
Maryland lineman’s death puts spotlight on heat stroke
The death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair in June after suffering heat stroke in a conditioning drill has put a spotlight on how football teams run their practices in extreme temperatures.
Maryland accepted responsibility for “mistakes made” in McNair’s death after medical experts questioned the school’s handling of McNair’s health when he showed symptoms of heat illness. The school admitted to not taking his temperature or immersing him a cold water tub that experts believed would have saved his life by lowering his body temperature.
The Associated Press reports that temperatures in Austin hit 95 degrees on Wednesday when Hudson fell ill.
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