A local tragedy has caused many of us to consider our kids and their sports activities in a different way. Sports injuries are something we think about as we approach the start of school and football season. But we do not expect that young athletes risk their lives when getting out for football practice or for games. And thankfully, such risks are very rare. But when something happens close to home, like the loss of young life, we all need to pause and reflect.
Recently, a Fulton County high school football player passed away after an apparent scrimmage injury. Every year we hear about something like this on a basketball court or football field and we wonder, why is young life taken with no warning under these circumstances? As an Atlanta injury lawyer, I know the pain that families experience in losing a child and my heart goes out to the family of this fine young man.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has stated that the young Creekside High School football player passed away after being injured on the field and being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He apparently broke his neck during the scrimmage. The tragedy is made worse by the fact that football appears to have been at the center of this young man’s life. The University of Kentucky had already offered him a place in their football program after graduation and other schools were looking at him. He was said to have been an obvious Division One corner.
According to national reports, deaths from high school football are rare. Over the past decade, there have been an average of three fatal injuries on high school football fields.The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina retains statistics on sports injuries and deaths. There were no such deaths in 2012, which had not been the case since 1994.
Coaches and others have lauded the deceased young football player as a wonderful young man who was full of love for his family and for the game. His polite manner and esteem among his teammates is a testament to his memory now. But it is difficult to imagine the pain his family and friends are feeling, not to mention the sadness that will be present as the school year begins at his high school and at their games this season.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that it has been since 2009 that a Georgia football player has died on the field as occurred here.
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