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.