We told you in August how a Georgia high school football player died from neck injuries after being tackled on the field. Now a New York prep football player has died following a head-to-head collision.
According to the Buffalo News, the community had been praying for 16-year old, Damon W. Janes over the weekend, but on Monday it was announced that he didn't make it.
Janes was a running back on the Westfield/Brocton football team who lost consciousness after a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game Friday.
His parents, in a statement, expressed “gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family.”
Two years ago Ridge Barden, a 16-year-old defensive tackle from John C. Birdlebough High School in Central New York, died after a hit from suffering a fatal cerebral hemorrhage.
This year, in Georgia, De’Antre Turman, a 11th grade cornerback for the Seminoles, died after being tackled on the Banneker High School field in College Park. Turman’s death resulted from his neck vertibrae being broken “due to blunt force trauma.
Buffalo News says according to experts, 25 high school players suffered fatal injuries between 2003 and 2012.
Sunday night, students gathered with parents and school staff at the high school to talk about the severity of the injury.
Monday, students at the school wore Brocton High green in solidarity with Damon as they used social media to urge others to pray for him.
One student wrote, “Seeing all the students wear green today and come together was truly inspiring. Sad day in the community.”
However, on Monday night hospital officials announced that Damon had died.
Last year the CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
To learn more from the CDC about head injuries, click here.