Football is a very popular and very physically demanding sport that can lead to physical injury during both practice and games. Players often practice doing drills that can lead to physical injury in the case that something goes wrong. One New York teenager has been killed during a routine drill as WSB Radio reports.
Joshua Mileto, a 16-year-old junior at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, New York, was killed during pre-season practice last Thursday morning.
During what was a conditioning drill, several students were carrying a large log over their heads. Two players lost their footing and fell, causing the log to strike Mileto in the head. The blow caused massive head injuries. CPR was attempted on the field, but Mileto was suffering from cardiac arrest as he was carried off of the field.
According the Suffolk County Assistant Police Commissioner, the accident was reported at 8:40 a.m. Mileto was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where doctors pronounced the teen dead.
Another player was also injured with non-life-threatening injuries at 10:30 a.m. He was taken to the same hospital. His name was not released.
Official practices for high school football in New York began on Monday. By New York State Public Highschool Athletic Association Handbook rules, contact is not allowed for the first two days of practice. Full contact can begin after five days.
The rule for off-season practice is that it cannot be mandatory. It is up to the school to determine if the coach or medical personnel are on the scene.
The death is being investigated currently by Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives.
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