Teen football player dies after helmet-to-helmet hit

Teen football player dies after helmet-to-helmet hit
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FIRST, A LITTLE BIT MORE OF WHAT WE KNOW HAPPENED TO DAMON JAMES. A NEW YORK SCHOOL IS MOURNING THE DEATH OF ONE OF ITS STUDENTS. 16-YEAR-OLD DAMON JANES, A JUNIOR ON THE VARSITY FOOTBALL AT BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL TOOK A DIRECT HIT TO THE HEAD DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF A GAME. HE WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THREE DAYS LATER HE DIED FROM HIS INJURIES. IT WAS THE THIRD DEATH OF A HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE IN NEW YORK IN AS MANY YEARS.>>THE KIDS ARE SUPPORTING EACH OTHER. OUR STAFF IS SUPPORTING THE KIDS, THE KIDS ARE SUPPORTING THE STAFF. WE HAVE KOCOUNSELORS IN AND AROD THE SCHOOL. >>Reporter: HELMET-TO-HELMET HITS HAVE BEEN BANNED AT ALL LEVELS OF FOOTBALL, FROM PEE-WEE TO THE NFL. LAST WEEK, GOLDSON WAS FINED FOR A SIMILAR TACKLE. JANES’ DEATH COMES A MONTH AFTER ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR DIED IN FAIRBURN, GEORGIA WHEN HE FRACTURED A VERTEBRAE DURING A SCRIMMAGE. CHRIS, I THINK WE’RE GETTING BETTER, DESPITE THOSE NUMBERS, AT PREVENTING THOSE TYPE OF INJURIES. 37 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE DIED SINCE 2000. THREE IN THE LAST THREE YEARS IN NEW YORK, CHRIS. >>I GREW UP PLAYING THE GAME. YOU UNDERSTAND THIS AND YOU LEARN THE CULTURE OF THE SPORT AS YOU GROW UP IN IT. A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS HERE TO BRING THE RELEVANCE INTO FOCUS. ANY CHANCE THAT THIS DEATH WAS CONCUSSION-RELATED? >>WELL, IT’S POSSIBLE IN THE SENSE THAT — WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE BUT IT’S POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF SOMETHING I’M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT FROM A NEUROSURGEON STANDPOINT. SOMETHING KNOWN AS SECOND IMPACT SYNDROME. YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THIS, CHRIS. A FIRST CONCUSSION, RECOGNIZED CONCUSSION, THEN THE BRAIN DID NOT HEAL AND THEN THAT SAME BRAIN TAKES ANOTHER HIT. THAT SECOND HIT MAY NOT BE A PROPER IN ISOLATION BUT BECAUSE IT COMES SO QUICKLY ON THE HEELS OF THE FIRST HIT, THAT CAN CAUSE A CATASTROPHIC, DEADLY SITUATION.>>I UNDERSTAND THAT, THANK YOU FOR THAT, SANJAY. WE GET TO THE POLICY RELATED PART OF THIS. FOOTBALL STARTED WITH NO HELMETS. IT COMES FROM RUGBY, NO HELMETS. WE WENT TO THE HELMET TO KEEP THE HEAD SAFE. THEN BECAUSE WE HAD THE HELMETS ON WE STARTED TO USE IT AS A WEAPON. NOW WE’RE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM IT. THE QUESTION THAT IS HERE FOR PARENTS WITH BE WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU PUT YOUR KIDS INTO THIS SPORT? YOU KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO WIND UP BANGING HEADS, RUNNING INTO EACH OTHER AT HIGH SPEEDS WHAT IS THE LINE BETWEEN SAFETY AND SPORT? >>AS YOU POINT OUT, IT’S A LONG DISCUSSION. THIS IS SOMETHING I’M FASCINTED BY. THE HELMETS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER, QUOTE, UNQUOTE. THEY STILL DO NOT REALLY PROTECT THE BRAIN. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE TAKES A HARD HIT IS THAT THE HEAD STOPS BUT THE BRAIN KEEPS MOVING WITHIN THE SKULL. AND THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM. NO HELMET CAN PREVENT THAT, NO MATTER HOW GOOD. THE HELMET WILL NOT DO EVERYTHING. BACK TO THE SECOND IMPACT SYNDROME. IF YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR KID HAS HAD A CONCUSSION, FIRST OF ALL, SURE YOU RECOGNIZE THAT. YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THE BRAIN IS COMPLETELY HEALED. THAT IS PROBABLY THE MOST CATASTROPHIC PART OF ALL THIS, A BRAIN THAT HAS NOT HEALED IS BACK ON THAT FOOTBALL FIELD. THAT’S WHEN YOU TAKE AN ISSUE OF CONCUSSIONS TO AN ISSUE OF DEATH. SO THERE

41 thoughts on “Teen football player dies after helmet-to-helmet hit

  1. Sports is just a tool for nationalism…

    With all your kids hyped up on overly competitive, PRIDEFUL aggression, it's much easier to give them a rifle and tell them to kill people so the synagogue of satan can make more money getting your dumb "atheletes" to kill and die for them.

    Ever notice that sports stadiums look just like the Roman Colosseum? It's a tool to get you in line and serve satan.

    The United Slaves of AIPAC

    Revelation 2:9

    Peace.

  2. when players hit each other on the field, it's literally no different than being in a car accident…some kids just cant wait to play high school football and i say let their parents decide.

  3. Footbal is so gay it barely takes any skill at all and it only causes tons of injuries nationwide every year. Its just a bunch of testosterone filled pussies trying to prove themselves and how hard they can knock someone with a hit that if you did the same thing without pads you would ALWAYS die. Play a game with some grace and finesse like lacrosse that actually requires skill and not just brute force that could never be applied anywhere else in physical activities.

  4. I am surprised that Sanjay Gupta was able to speak at all in this clip considering the many pounds of make up he is wearing on his face. Is that make up or paint?

  5. RIP Damon, It was an honor playing with you and a yew years later against you. I'll take care of Kelsey for you bro. Fly High, Rest Easy. #Dk 54 #RIP Damon

  6. I was Damons' friend and I'm sick of news channels saying that he died from a helmet to helmet hit! He didn't even get hit helmet to helmet in that game against Portville! He suffered a concussion a week before and his helmet flew off his head 3 times during that game. He had been complaining of a headache. Then, during the 3rd quarter he walked off the feild because he got a bad headache. He collapsed on the sidelines. The paramedics from Oleans hospital didn't get there until an hour later and

  7. they couldnt help him. They were going to mercy fly him to Woman and Childrens hospital in Buffalo but they couldn't because it was too dark and its was raining. They sent the trauma unit to portville and they didn't get there until a few hours later…they couldn't do anything so they took him back to Woman and Childrens hospital. They performed surgery on his brain. He was later pronounced brain dead and was put on Life Support. He died Sept. 16 at Woman and Childrens…..

  8. was Damons' friend and I'm sick of news channels saying that he died from a helmet to helmet hit! He didn't even get hit helmet to helmet in that game against Portville! He suffered a concussion a week before and his helmet flew off his head 3 times during that game. He had been complaining of a headache. Then, during the 3rd quarter he walked off the feild because he got a bad headache. He collapsed on the sidelines. The paramedics from Oleans hospital didn't get there until an hour later and

  9. There is a lot of science in this field now and the overwhelming evidence supports that a helmet DOES NOT PROTECT you from a concussion. A shock-proof mouth peice does. It is about brain movement, not getting hit in the head. You can give yourself a mild concussion from using a hammer drill (personal experience). The kids have a false sense of security in the pads and take risks because of them.

  10. There are MORE serious injuries of all kinds in American football just in the United States than serious injuries in Rugby that is played ALL AROUND THE WORLD. Why? The damn American Football pads for one, and a false sense of security by a player. Also, rugby players are generally more fit and technical when it comes to contact moments. I played American football as a youth and rugby, by far I was in better shape during rugby. More capable of obsorbing punishment, in better shape, AT LEAST as pysically strong if not MORE so.

  11. Maybe they should stop football at youth levels I mean pros train hard to keep that physical part strong but this are still just kids! You still get tackled and hurt in the end …

  12. Football isn't a contact sport it's a collision sport. Football isn't for wimps! As a football player who supports no head too head contact because it is dangerous, you can't change the nature of the best sport in the country.

  13. Years ago the people were stronger and could take a hit, football players or any other sport back on that time were strong and didn't die from a concussion or any other injury. It's the sick McDonald food or other foods that weaken us and put us down we can't even get hit in the head in these days.

  14. @synergysouls your an idiot, let's ban hockey for the brawls and concussions, or lets ban Association Football (soccer) for the hooliganism, NO!

  15. It very sad I use to go to school with Damon he was very good friend my bestfriend he was very good hearted young man he had my back every one picked on me he was there we use to talk about every thing I made a promise to him I kept that promise to him he was like a younger brother that I never had miss u my bestfriend thanks for being there for me when I needed a best friend

  16. im down😱😱😱😱😵😵😵😵😦😦😦😦😧😧😧😧😥😥😥😥😯😯😯😯😤😤😤😤😳😳😳😳😣😣😣😣😮😮😮😮

  17. hello its called tackle football fot a reason!? if you don't know how to tackle you shouldn't play the game… another thing may be we should consider going smaller in body size?? hmmmmm

  18. some people use their helmet as weapon.now when use it in accident its different because you are not trying to do it .but if its as hard as they want it be .notice the difference its what I think in that type of situation the difference

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