Founding of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI)
In August 2001 Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, passed away from exertional heat stroke. During Korey Stringer's five-year tenure in the NFL he earned pro-bowl honors. Since the time of Korey’s death, his wife, Kelci, worked tirelessly to develop an exertional heat stroke prevention institute to honor her husband’s legacy. To that end, she has joined forces with exertional heat stroke expert Douglas Casa, Ph.D, ATC from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut to make this dream a reality and the institute came to fruition in April 2010.
Exertional heat stroke is one of the leading causes of sudden death in sport and during certain times of the year is likely the leading cause of death in sport. Many cases of exertional heat stroke could be prevented if strategies to enhance the health and safety of athletes were improved. These strategies should focus on hydration, phase-in programs for heat acclimatization, access to on-site medical care, etc. When an exertional heat stroke does occur (not all cases could ever be prevented within the confines of athletes performing intense exercise in the heat), proper recognition and treatment must be performed and emergency action plans need to be in place to assure athlete survival.
The crux of the problem is that current polices for decreasing the incidence of exertional heat illness in high schools and other entities are ineffective and the potential for inappropriate care continues to be a large threat. Groups like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have made strides towards better policies with effective results of decreasing the number of death due to exertional heat stroke. The Korey Stringer Institute strives to change policies and educate the public in order to resolve this problem.
Korey Stringer Institute Mission Statement
The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide first-rate information, resources, assistance, and advocacy for the promotion of prevention of sudden death in sport via health and safety initiatives.
Korey Stringer Institute Goals
KSI serves the needs of active individuals and athletes at all levels –– youth, high school, college, professional, people who are physically active, recreational athletes –– and those who supervise and care for these individuals. Components of these services include: consultations, advocacy, education, research, athlete testing, and mass-market outreach.
University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
The Korey Stringer Institute is housed at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. The Neag School of Education houses the Department of Kinesiology and faculty, which is renowned for its research and expertise in the area of heat and hydration.
The Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut is the only named school or college at UConn. In 1999, it was renamed to honor UConn alumnus Ray Neag, who donated $21 million to the school of education. At the time, it was the largest gift ever given to any school of education in the country.
- In addition to the Teacher Education Unit, four departments comprise the Neag School: Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, Kinesiology, and Curriculum & Instruction. In addition to its 10 centers and four labs, the Neag School is home to two national research centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education:
- National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
- Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
- The Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic, an entity of the Dept. of Kinesiology, treats more than 1,000 patients each year from UConn and the surrounding communities and serves as a clinical site for our physical therapy students.
$53 million –– includes new and previously awarded multi-year grants.
$22 million –– The Neag School has five endowed chairs and two endowed professorship.
Scholarships awarded $162,000 (2010–2011)
According to the 2012 rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the Neag School of Education is:
- The #1 ranked public graduate school of education in the Northeast.
- Ranked 22nd among the public schools of education surveyed.
- Ranked 32nd among the 278 private and public education schools.
Facts & Figures
- Student Enrollment Total: 1153 (2010–2011)
- Undergraduate Total: 331
- Graduate Total: 822
Department of Kinesiology within Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut
Points of Pride
- For 10 years running UConn has been rated by U.S. News & World Report as the number one public university in New England –– and today ranks among the top 30 public universities in the nation.
- The American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education ranks the Neag School of Education’s doctoral program in kinesiology number one in the nation.
The Department of Kinesiology Fields of Study
- Athletic Training (B.S.)
- Exercise Science with concentrations in:
- Exercise Science (B.S.)
- Strength & Conditioning (B.S.)
- Kinesiology with concentrations in:
- Exercise Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Sports Management (M.A., Ph.D)
- Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)