Another high school football player has died this football season. A 17 year old senior collapsed on the sideline at a football game this past Tuesday in western Kansas. Before he collapsed, the high school football player scored a touchdown during the playoff game. He was tackled as he reached the end zone. He then ran to the sideline and collapsed. The senior was flown to a hospital and put on life support. He was later declared brain dead and taken off life support on Wednesday evening.
It is unclear whether the senior sustained injuries during the game. According to reports, officials did not see the player sustain any head contact during the game.
This recent tragedy brings the number of high school football players in the United States who died while playing to 8 this football season. One of those players was a high school football player from New Jersey. See PA & NJ Sports & Head Injuries – High School Football Players Have Higher Rates Of Catastrophic Injuries.
These recent deaths of high school football players have brought even more attention to the risks associated with playing football. Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries associated with football have already been getting a lot of media attention in the last few years. There was the lawsuit filed by retired football players against the NFL. The retired players alleged that the NFL failed to take steps to protect players when it knew about the link between head traumas sustained while playing football and permanent brain injuries. The case has since settled. See NFL Faces Lawsuit Related to Concussions and Permanent Brain Injuries From Former Football Players.
Injured players may believe that their injuries are part of the sport and that they do not have legal rights. This is not true. Though the risk of injury is a part of any sport, especially a contact sport like football, some injuries are preventable. In such instances, injured athletes may have legal rights against responsible parties, such as schools, coaches and sports organizations.
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*Source: http://www.denverpost.com (Kansas high school football player dies after collapsing during game)