ELKINS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Elkins School District received a new piece of equipment to help keep student-athletes safe and hydrated during the hot summer months and local non-profit partners with Arkansas Children’s Northwest.
The Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life donated two cold immersion tubs to the school district.
These will allow athletes to cool off during summer athletics when temperatures can be dangerous.
Elkin’s athletic trainer, Jeffery White, says the tubs can be a big help and even save lives. “You want to cool immediately because the longer that their temperature is elevated the more damage that can be done,” White said. “So having a tool like these immersion tubs out here is really important to help prevent heatstroke or at least to properly care for one.”
The non-profit was created in memory of a Rogers Junior High student, Kendrick Fincher who died from heatstroke after football practice. On August 7, 1995, during football practice, Fincher experienced heat stroke. After 18 days in intensive care at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Fincher died from complications of heatstroke.
The Kendrick Fincher Memorial Foundation was developed to ensure children have proper hydration during athletic activities and that they have squeeze bottles with them at all events.
“We are so excited to launch this cool immersion tub program in Northwest Arkansas,” said Todd Rudisill, Development Manager at Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life. “And we could not have done this without the partnership with Arkansas Children’s Northwest and UAMS Sports Medicine. With their help we will able to provide schools in this area who may not have the budget for a tub with what they need. Research shows that if an athlete can be put into a cool immersion tub within 10 minutes after showing signs of a heat illness, their chances of survival are 100%.”
It works to raise awareness of proper hydration and to prevent heat illness.
“Our sports medicine program is committed to meeting the unique needs of schools around Northwest Arkansas,” Diana McDaniel, Vice President of Operations with Arkansas Children’s Northwest said. “This partnership with the Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life is just one way we can help keep kids safe. We look forward to the continued growth of this sports medicine program and offering student athletes all of the care they need under one roof.”