HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky — Police say a student has died after a piece of ‘football equipment’ fell on his head at a soccer field at Hopkinsville Middle School Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened just after 4 p.m., according to WSMV. The student was identified as 16-year-old Jayvon Quarles.
From WKRN: A helicopter was initially requested, but was canceled soon after.
He was transported to Jennie Stuart Medical center by ambulance and the Christian County Coroner was called.
Jayvon was about to be a senior at Hopkinsville High School.
No further details were released.
Guardian: A total of eight high school football-related deaths were reported during 2014 so far.
In their 2012 football injury report the authors had called for better education for coaches over the potential risks for players exercising vigorously in hot conditions while wearing heavy equipment. Between 1995 and 2012, it said, 52 players had died from heat stroke, including 41 high school students.
It said: “These are amazing numbers and every effort should be made to continuously educate coaches concerning the proper procedures and precautions when practicing or playing in the heat.”
However, the authors noted how numbers of deaths varied year by year, with no direct fatalities seen in high school or college football during 2012, the first time this had happened since 1990.
According to the study, the past decade has seen an average of about three direct high school football deaths a year, from a playing pool of about a million people.
Earlier this year the NFL used a meeting on the issue at the White House, called by Barack Obama, to announce a $ 25m donation towards research into head injuries suffered by young players.
The sport suffered some unconnected but similarly unwelcome bad publicity last month when CCTV footage emerged of a professional player, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, knocking out his fiancée during an argument inside a lift. He was indefinitely suspended.
(Photo Courtesy: Kentucky New Era/WKRN)
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