Monday, August 01, 2011

South Carolina High School Football Player Dies After Practice

by Jeff Fisher

With more-and-more focus being paid to the health and safety of high school football players during two-a-days in the heat of August, the news of the death of Lamar High School (South Carolina) freshman football player Tyquan Xavier Brantley on Saturday brings the spotlight back to what can be done to prevent such tragedies.

It should be noted that an autopsy will be performed on the 14-year old to determine the cause of death.  Right now, Brantley's death is not being called a heat-releated death.  

Published reports state that Brantley died after collapsing following a Saturday morning practice.  Branley and his teammates were reportedly working-out in only helmets, no pads.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature on Saturday rose to 101 degrees.

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