Titmuss Inquest: Hasler Expresses Remorse, Heat Monitoring Concerns Raised

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Titmuss Inquest: Hasler Expresses Remorse, Heat Monitoring Concerns Raised

NRL coach Des Hasler has expressed deep remorse to the family of the late Keith Titmuss, a Manly Sea Eagles player who died following a pre-season training session in November 2020. An inquest revealed that Titmuss succumbed to exertional heat stroke.During the inquest, experts and players testified that the training session was particularly intense and Titmuss had scored poorly in a pre-season fitness test. However, Hasler stated that planned stoppages were implemented for recovery and hydration, and he rated the session's intensity at six or seven out of 10.Hasler noted the inherent tension between players pushing themselves and coaches wanting to prevent injuries. When questioned about potential changes to the training session in hindsight, Hasler expressed uncertainty about making modifications.The inquest also highlighted an email warning about heat monitoring during training in 2019. Former club medical officer Nathan Gibbs advocated for a staggered approach to pre-season training to mitigate the risk of exertional heat stroke. The inquest is ongoing and is expected to continue next week.