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May 20, 2016

Take care

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

On Tuesday, a Encinal High School freshman died after a pre-season football practice.  From KGO:

Giovanni Pulido, 15, collapsed and died Tuesday as players were finishing spring conditioning drills. The coroner’s office is trying to determine the cause of death. In the meantime, school officials tried to make sure that students and staffed were cared for.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for expenses if you are interested in contributing.

In other reports there are mentions of requiring a medical examination prior to participation in school sports, but perhaps the standard physical examination doesn’t go far enough.   According to the East Bay Times, seven students died last year as a result of playing football and seven others died in “an indirect result of the game, including two players who died from heat stroke after practice.”

While I’m not going to say that kids shouldn’t be playing football or any sportsball for that matter, these activities should not result in death for what is ostensibly a game. Maybe it’s time for our School Board to put into place the most stringent policies to ensure that this never happens again.  Even if it’s not required by the high school sports federation, it’s just one more step that we can take, on a local level, to be additionally cautious with our young people.




  1. Very sorry for the family. Heard this was the first day of practice and first time this young man had tried football. Was it too much too soon? Lawsuits from student athlete deaths against school districts are very common- no defibrillator, inadequate medical training, inadequate or no physical, negligent oversight, etc. Some districts do not allow practice if it is too hot or humid.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — May 20, 2016 @ 6:59 am

  2. I don’t know if it is true, but this seems to happen most often in football during preseason, spring or summer, conditioning. Like Captain says, could be too much too soon. Football and basketball typically start with heavy conditioning in comparison to skill work. That (as with any sport) has risks, particularly among guys with the size to play line in football (I don’t know Giovanni’s position). A physical is not a failsafe, but it should be required (and verified). With football, you also need to think about how to handle having early practice in spring, then summer break, and then starting up again with conditioning in late summer. Was very sorry to see this story in the paper.

    Comment by MP — May 20, 2016 @ 8:40 am

  3. Please consider making a donation to Gio’s family via the GoFundme link. They are very close to their goal. This is how the community can help right now.

    Comment by Sarah Olaes — May 21, 2016 @ 9:39 am

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