Middle school football players in Del Valle, Elgin injured during games

Middle school football players in Del Valle, Elgin injured during games
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COME THIS 2-ROBERT:BUT FIRST OUR TOP STORY AT 6, AFTER AN UNUSUAL NIGHT ON THE GRIDIRON, TWO MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS HAVE SOME RECOVERY AHEAD.2-SHANNON:THEY WERE FLOWN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER BEING INJURED IN TWO SEPARATE GAMES.ONE WAS IN BASTROP, THE OTHER IN ELGIN.YOU CAN SEE THAT OTHER IN ELGIN.YOU CAN SEE THAT LEAVES THEM A LONG WAY FROM THE NEAREST TRAUMA CENTER.MOST CHILDREN UNDER 17 WITH A TRAUMATIC ARE TAKEN TO DELL CHILDREN’S IN EAST AUSTIN. OUR JACQULYN POWELL WENT OUT TO FIND JUST HOW OFTEN SERVICES LIKE STARFLIGHT ARE CALLED IN FOR RUNS LIKE THESE. IT’S LIKELY THE TALK OF THE SCHOOL DAY HERE AT DEL VALLE MIDDLE – AS WELL AS ELGIN MIDDLE SCHOOL.EMERGENCY HELICOPTER CREWS SAY THEY USUALLY ONLY FLY TO ONE OR TWO LOCAL FOOTBALL GAMES A YEAR… MUCH LESS IN ONE NIGHT. AND – THEY SAY THEY ONLY RESPOND TO THE VERY WORST TRAUMA CASES.. JACQULYN: A CROWD WATCHED AS 8TH GRADER KENDALL HUDSON WAS LIFTED FROM THE ELGIN MIDDLE SCHOOL HOMECOMING GAME- AND RUSHED TO THE E-R.HIS MOM TELLS US HE’S LUCKY – HE ONLY HAD A MINOR FRACTURE IN HIS LOWER BACK.HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL TUESDAY NIGHT.IN BASTROP COUNTY – DEL VALLE I-S-D CONFIRMS ONE OF ITS STUDENTS WAS HURT ON THE FIELD – BUT SCHOOL OFFICIALS WON’T PROVIDE DETAILS OF HIS INJURIES- OR HIS CONDITION.THE TEAM OF STAR FLIGHT RESPONDERS CAN’T COMMENT SPECIFICALLY ON HIS CASE – BUT… ASHLEY VOSS- LIEBIG, STAR FLIGHT CHIEF CLINICAL SUPERVISOR: “THEY’RE CALLING US FOR THE WORST OF THE WORST CASE SCENARIOS. SO IT WOULD BE A TRAUMATIC INJURY, A HEAD INJURY, LONG BONE FRACTURES, SPINAL FRACTURES, ANY CONCERN WHERE THERE IS LEGITIMATE TRAUMA WHERE TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE” JACQULYN: AND IN RURAL AREAS – TIME CAN PLAY A FACTOR IN WHETHER SOMEONE IS TRANSPORTED BY GROUND – OR AIR. VOSS-LIEBIG: “THE DRIVE TIME MAY BE ANYWHERE FROM 30-45 MINUTES AND ALSO YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT TRAFFIC IN THE REGION. STAR FLIGHT CAN GET THOSE PATIENTS MOVED TO A COMPREHENSIVE TRAUMA CENTER IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES.” JACQULYN: STAR FLIGHT ESTIMATES FROM THE TIME THE DEL VALLE STUDENT WAS PICKED UP FROM BASTROP HIGH – IT TOOK ABOUT SIX MINUTES TO GET HIM TO THE HOSPITAL IN AUSTIN. STAR FLIGHT RESPONDERS SAY EVEN TAKING A FEW EXTRA MINUTES OFF OF THE TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL CAN MAKE ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE IN WHETHER SOMEONE WITH A SEVERE CONCUSSION SURVIVES.LIVE IN DEL VALLE, JACQULYN POWELL, KXAN NEWS. ROBERT:THOUSANDS OF STUDENT ATHLETES GET HURT EVERY YEAR PLAYING SPORTS.LAST OCTOBER A WEST RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT HAD TO BE AIRLIFTED, AFTER SUFFERING A NECK INJURY ON THE FIELD.A PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHED LAST YEAR HOPES TO TRACK AND IDENTIFY AREAS OF POTENTIAL INJURY PREVENTION. THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE U-I-L AND MEDICAL RESEARCHERS IS CALLED CON-TEX, OR CONCUSSIONS TEXAS.THEY ARE WORKING TO TRACK CONCUSSIONS, AND LEARN HOW TO BETTER PREVENT THEM IN THE FUTURE. RIGHT NOW, ONLY ONE SCHOOL FROM EACH DISTRICT IS REQUIRED TO REPORT CONCUSSIONS.CON-TEX IS VOLUNTARY RIGHT NOW, BUT

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