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High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Douglas County High School football player Zyrees Oliver was taken off life support Monday.
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Oliver, 17, collapsed after practice last week. He became brain dead after drinking four gallons of water during football practice on Tuesday.

"We are saddened to inform you of the death of Zyrees Oliver, a senior at Douglas County High School," reported Douglas County High School Principal Dr. Tim Scott. "He passed away early this morning … Zyrees was part of the Tiger Family since the end of his sophomore year but during that short time he touched many lives. Zyrees was a blessing to his football and track teammates, his classmates, coaches and our school staff. The death of any young person is a loss that, in one way or another, affects each of us. We have lost one of our children but we will not forget his academic, athletic and overall impact and achievement he had on and while at our school."

Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.

"The crisis team will be at Douglas County High School to help students and staff cope with this loss," said Dr. Scott. "We suggest parents discuss this matter with your children and respond to any questions that arise."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...eath/13996193/
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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

That's sad. Who would expect that to happen? You would think that your body would be incapable of allowing that. Like either you wouldn't be able to get any more water down or you would not be able to keep yourself from urinating.

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

Happens every year about this time, if i had a son i wouldn't let him play.

Not on the off chance he'd die from heat exhaustion, but the potential for a permanent injury from a game that won't matter beyond graduation - if i could go back and do it all over again, would've taken golf. Sure, it's fuckin' lame, but it's the activity(notice i didn't call it a sport) that get's you ahead in the business world.

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

How the fuck is that even possible?

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

4 gallons? It what time frame did he drink 4 gallons of water? I drink about a gallon of water each day throughout about 12 hour period. Been doing it for years. But I can't imagine needing to drink that much water and your body even allowing you to swallow it. Something is amiss. I can't imagine this boy during a football practice drinking that much water.

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

He died just two weeks before he was due to be shot and killed by a local police officer who thought his football was a gun, tragic... Now that poor police officer will have to find another black kid up to mischief before proving what a tough guy he is.

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

Was it a challenge, or was he just overheating? I'd be puking after chugging less than a gallon. Water tastes bad when too much is consumed.

My belly and head ache just thinking about it. Yuck


Electrolyte imbalance, correct? Brain short circuits and you're out.

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

Water Toxicity is very real. Here is a link to the article about it:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1770067/

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

Adding: The coaching staff should be aware of this potentially fatal condition and, in my opinion, should be held accountable. When exercising in very hot weather, fluid intake must be kept up but excess intake can kill a person. It's good to also just chew on some ice instead of water intake. The ice will help cool and hydrate.

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Re: High School Football Player Dies After Drinking 4 GALLONS of Water

Maybe he was brain dead before he started drinking the water. Who the hell drinks 4 gallons of water? Even the large Gatorade coolers are only 10 gallons, so he sat there and drank almost half the water in it?

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