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High School Football Player Fatally Injured during Game

Destiny Baker3 years ago

New York High School Athlete Fatally Injured during Football Game

  • According to CNN, Damon Janes, 16, died Monday due to injuries he sustained during a varsity football game.
  • Janes fell unconscious and was taken to the hospital where he was placed in critical condition after a helmet-to-helmet tackle made during a Friday night game. He died Monday afternoon.
  • Janes’ death is the second of its kind this year, with DeAntre Truman dying in August after suffering a broken neck and fractured cervical vertebra during scrimmage.
  • The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research marks this as the 25 high school sports related death since 2003.

Warning High School Athletes about Spinal Injuries

“There is a sense of invulnerability in young athletes who think it’s not going to happen to them” – Ron Courson, director of sports medicine at the University of Georgia as published by the Wall Street Journal.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, serious and fatal spinal injuries are most likely to occur when players lower their heads and tuck their chin towards their chest in prior to a collision.
  • In 1976, regulations hoped to reduce injury by banning head first contact, normally called spearing. Unfortunately, Robert Cantu of the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research acknowledges that this rule is not consistently followed or enforced.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that approximately 12% of the roughly 20,000 spinal cord injuries that occur annually are the result of contact sports.
  • These injuries are most likely to occur in individuals between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • With this in mind, experts are pushing parents to talk to their children about sport safety and push for more schools to have athletic trainers on staff, something approximately 45% of schools are currently without.
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