"Youth sports are currently designed to serve the interests of adults." Matt Bowers, PhD
Hezekiah Walters, the 14-year-old Tampa boy who collapsed on the Middleton High School football field while taking part in conditioning drills on Tuesday, had a body temperature of 102, a preliminary medical examiner's report says.@TB_Timeshttps://t.co/k0Y8UUMDkz
"Unofficial" "High school football practice in Florida doesn’t officially begin until July 29. But some students start practicing in late spring or early summer during unofficial conditioning sessions that must be supervised, according to the newspaper." https://t.co/HREdrbBlP9
Excellent investigative reporting from @RickMaese & @romanstu: “I lost my love for the game,” former - linebacker Gus Little “What was supposed to be a dream turned into a nightmare,”-Kimberly Daniels, the mother of two former MD players. https://t.co/oi20Cz34Gt
The death toll for 2018 preseason and in-season football conditioning, practice, and competition stands at eight. The average for the last decade is 16 football deaths per year. pic.twitter.com/ZhuNjS9Pce
High school football player Dylan Thomas has died. The 16 year old linebacker from Griffin, GA had major brain trauma from a hit while playing a home game for Pike Co. in Zebulon on Friday night. He was airlifted to Atlanta for surgery. Condolences to family and friends. https://t.co/jap70m6joB
Awful news. Maryland football sophomore Jordan McNair died today. He collapsed & was hospitalized following a football team workout on May 29. There needs to be transparency & accountability for how this young athlete died from training. @patrick_hrubyhttps://t.co/5MLteDERSn
1st reported catastrophic football injury by impact of this very young season. Senior cornerback Jeffery Cox of Houston County HS, TN lies paralyzed at Vanderbilt Medical Center after he injured his spine attempting a tackle in s scrimmage last Friday https://t.co/Jw8KfLIV3P
This is not the sound of brains being saved. This is the sound of the NFL continuing to pretend that there's some way that helmets can make tackling safe for player brains. There isn't. Helmets protect skulls, but don't prevent concussions. @prof_goldberghttps://t.co/PbwjdW07X2
This is an appalling, unnecessary, and preventable child death: “A 14-year-old River Bluff High School student died in August 2016 after his football coaches punished the team with a series of sprints and strenuous exercises in 95-degree heat.” https://t.co/q6MF9tToaE
“Livingston Junior High School player Jeremiah Jefferson, 13, was paralyzed and hospitalized due to a head-on collision... “Jeremiah’s fifth vertebra in his neck was shattered instantaneously. He lost any ability to move from the chest down.” https://t.co/gUZdAs0WZc
Amateurism transforms children into unpaid laborers who are routinely exploited by an unregulated and violent industry.
We undertake this work in order to prevent unnecessary suffering.
Hand-to-hand activism can change minds.
Like Devin Shivers who quit tackle football at the age of 17. After learning the facts about brain injuries, Shivers knew it was time to call it quits. "My health is more important than just a game."
Seven years ago today, Kris & I received the devastating news that our beloved son #DerekSheely was mortally wounded playing football. Concussions are brain damage. Please honor Derek today by saying his name or telling a story about him. pic.twitter.com/FQxQryNNdH
2017 NORTH ANDOVER, MA. -- On 11/10/17 Gabe DeSouza taken from the field in an ambulance.
COLUMBUS, IN. -- Junior quarterback Trenton Kelley had to have his spleen removed. FAIRLESS HILLS, PA. -- Jared Troyano, 17, suffered a concussion on August 25th, 2017. His mother, Amy: "What happened to Jared was what I feared most."
OAKHURST, CA. -- Peter ‘PJ’ Kuzmitski, 4-foot-11, 110 pound 9th grader, lost his right leg below the knee after a horrible injury during a Sept. 27 football practice.
BROOMFIELD, CO. -- Sophomore, Cameron Shelly was temporarily paralyzed after suffering a spinal injury during football practice.
HILLSBOROUGH, NC -- Thys Oldenburg, 14, injured in a football game on 10/12 emerged from a coma on 11/20.
CHARLO, MONTANA: -- Nick Daugherty HS Sophomore “He went to the ICU with a football concussion. Two months later, he’s still out of school.”
ELDON, MO: -- Hunter Bushnell suffered a severe spinal injury in practice on 9/20/17 and is paralyzed from the chest down.
FORTUNA, CA: -- Bailey Foley’s football injury was suffered on 8/25/17. “It was more than a month before Foley could fully speak and even now his voice is soft and raspy. In hours of therapy a day, he’s relearning simple motor skills: how to brush his teeth, how to put on a shirt, how to walk.”
MONTGOMERY, AL: — On 10/24/17 C.J. Knight suffered a severe neck injury during practice and was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Birmingham where he underwent two surgeries. As of 11/2, C.J. was paralyzed from the chest down