Death Of High School Football Player Sparks Controversy In Oklahoma Town

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The death of a local football player after complications from an injury and another player being hospitalized days later with an on-field injury has the town of Edmond, Oklahoma, divided as to whether the district is doing it’s part to protect players. News Channel 4 reports both accidents happened during practice.

A 16-year-old Edmond North player died two weeks ago after suffering a broken leg in practice. He was taken to the hospital and treated for the fracture, but died the following day due to complications from what doctor’s believe was possibly a blood clot. Barely a week after the defensive lineman passed, a sophomore on the team broke a rib during practice and was taken to the hospital later by his parents. There, doctors discovered liver and spleen damage along with the fractured bone. The teen was treated and is expected to fully recover.

Some citizens believe Edmond schools should be doing more to protect students on the field. One parent suggested more rigorous testing, like that done for college athletes, be done on those wanting to go out for teams. He stated heart and bone density tests could better qualify potential players. In the meantime, the district has insisted that player safety is their top priority, but have taken no action following the injuries.

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