Death From High School Football Injuries on the Rise

By: Dakota Gillespie

A football player at a Long Island, N.Y., high school died Wednesday after colliding with an opposing player during a game. This is the third football-related death nationally this week. CNN reports Tom Cutinella, 16, a student at Shoreham-Wading River High School, suffered a serious head injury during a game against Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, according to Suffolk County Police spokeswoman Joan Jesinger.

Cutinella’s death comes at a time when football has drawn increased scrutiny amid concerns about injuries and brain damage. Those concerns cover all levels of the sport, from youth leagues to professional teams.

On Sunday, Demario Harris Jr., a 17-year-old cornerback in Troy, Ala., was pronounced dead days after he collapsed after making a tackle. In Rolesville, N.C., Isaiah Langston, 17, collapsed during warm-ups before a recent game and died Monday, according to news reports.

ESPN reports an average of 12 high school and college football players die every year from football-related accidents, citing a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. In particular, concerns have grown about concussion management and other injuries from hard hits. The NFL and NCAA have faced lawsuits in regard to head injuries.

About 1 million boys play high school football, ESPN reports.

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