High school and college football are a big deal, especially in the south. While injuries regularly occur, fatal injuries are rare. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research, of the 4 million young athletes who played organized football, 13 died as a direct or indirect result of the sport. The most deaths were indirectly related – 9 were from causes like heat stroke or cardiac arrest. 4 of the deaths were directly related to trauma suffered on the field.
One Georgia high school is living with that tragedy, as CNN reports on the death of a Pike County football player.
Dylan Thomas was a 16-year-old linebacker for the Pike County High School football team. Video of the Friday night game shows that Thomas was all over the field.
What the video does not show, however, is the hit that eventually claimed the youth’s life.
Sometime during the third quarter, Thomas came off the field and said that his leg felt weird. Thomas lost consciousness and became unresponsive in the moments that followed.
Thomas passed away from a head injury on Sunday.
Footage of the game does not reveal what seem to be any catastrophic hits to the head. At some point during the second quarter, Thomas was hit by two players on a running play. He was slow to get up afterwards, but he eventually rose and continued playing until losing consciousness on the sidelines in the third quarter.
During the game, Thomas was wearing a top-of-the-line Riddell SpeedFlex helmet his parents had purchased for him out of pocket.
The Georgia High School Association, which oversee Georgia high school sports, will be reviewing the incident.
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