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Also this year, the National Athletic Trainers' Association issued a report recommending more stringent heat-related guidelines at the high school level. Among the recommendations were eliminating two-a-day practices during the first week of August drills and giving players more time to recuperate.
"As public and private discussions of this verdict and its impact on coaches and administrators take place over the coming days and weeks, no one should lose sight of the fact that a young man lost his life in this tragic situation," Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said in a statement. "This case serves as a reminder to all of us that player safety should be of paramount concern to coaches in every sport."
The executive director of the Kentucky Football Coaches Association said the trial was closely watched because a conviction would have affected all teams.
"Looking forward on what the ramifications could have been if he had been found guilty, I would be afraid to even guess what could have possibly happened," Jimmie Reed said.
"It's a tragic situation on everyone's side and we followed this with great sadness for the athlete and also for the coach involved," said Marje Albohm, president of the National Athletic Trainers Association. "It truly puts a focus on the health care of our high school athletes."
Sheldon Berman, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, said in a statement that Stinson, who has been working in a non-instructional position, is now cleared to return to teaching and eligible to apply for a coaching position. Berman said administrators would meet with him to determine his future placement.
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