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Raising awareness for high school football injuries

Sport related injuries can have catastrophic consequences for loved ones left behind

School sports and highschool football injuries on the rise. Photo via Julie Elliott-Abshire.

Ridge Borden died Friday. Porter Hancock is paralyzed. Shelton Dvorak suffers brain injuries and Tucker Montgomery remains in a coma. All four teenage boys had one thing in common — all were playing high school football.

Among one of the most recent tragedies is reported by The Post-Standard. They reported that high school junior Ridge Barden of Phoenix, Ariz. died during the third quarter of Friday’s game.

The Phoenix School District Superintendent, Judy Belfield, was interviewed by Post-Standard after Ridge Barden’s accident.

“The school district sends its football helmets out to be reconditioned every year and each has to pass a safety inspection before the season begins. Over the course of the past few years, they have really tried to improve the protection of the head, but there is always a risk of injury or of death,” she said.

Another injured boy’s mother is using a personal blog about her son, Porter Hancock, to help her through his recovery process and help educate parents. Porter of Kamas, Utah, became paralyzed after making a tackle during a game. Her daily blogs share his recovery with her family and all of Porter’s school friends.

Other injured students include a Pierce, Nebraska Football player who was in intensive care after suffering a brain injury during a game as well as Tucker Montgomery of Kingsport, Tenn. who was in critical condition and on life support after  he suffered a football-related injury.

According to the University of North Carolina’s National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, “A handful of high school students suffer fatal on-field injuries every fall. In New York, a law signed this summer will require school coaches to bench student athletes who have symptoms of a concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury with symptoms such as dizziness or headaches. Students can play again only after they are symptom-free for 24 hours and cleared in writing by a doctor.”