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.”