Summer sports conducted in extreme heat and humidity run the risk of exposing participants to heat-related illnesses, sometimes even fatal ones.

But the colleges and other organizers of these events also open themselves up to their own set of risks in the form of lawsuits that allege their actions and treatments fell below the standard of care that should have been applied.

Most recently Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman for the University of Maryland, died of heat stroke two weeks after collapsing during a May 29 team workout, according to an ESPN report.

An investigation is currently underway...