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Teen Suffers Fatal Spleen Injury During Football Game

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Stephanie Samedi2 years ago

Last Monday, a medical examiner revealed that a New Jersey high school football player’s death on Saturday was due to internal bleeding from a lacerated spleen.

About the Football Accident

According to Reuters, Evan Murray had an abnormally large spleen, so he was more susceptible to spleen injury.

Murray was rushed to the hospital following a hit he took behind the line of scrimmage during a football game the preceding Friday.

Murray died Saturday at to Morristown Medical Center. There was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease and the death was ruled as accidental.

The GoFundMe donation page set up by a classmate has garnered over $52,000 in 2 days in an effort to support the family.

Sport Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA):

  • Between 2008 and 2009, there were 120 sports related deaths of young athletes.                           
  • About 8,000 children are taken to the emergency room daily for sports injuries.
  • The highest age group visiting the emergency room for sports injuries is 15-17.
  • High school athletes are three times as likely to suffer a catastrophic injury in football as college athletes.


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