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University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Korey Stringer Institute

About Us

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 at the University of Connecticut to make this dream a reality and the institute came to fruition in April 2010.

KSI is currently partnered with the National Football League (NFL)Gatorade, Camelbak, Kestrel, One Beat, and Mission to further advance its efforts and goals.

Background

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

The Korey Stringer Institute is housed at the University of Connecticut. The Department of Kinesiology faculty are renowned for their research and expertise in the areas of heat and hydration, injury prevention, and strength and conditioning.

Department of Kinesiology 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.)