THE COLLAPSE OF BUFFALO BILLS SAFETY DAMAR HAMLIN AT MONDAY NIGHT’S NFL GAME IS RAISING SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE SAME KIND OF INJURY HAPPENING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. OUR DANNY TODD HAS MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT IS DONE TO PROTECT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD.
Damar Hamlin's case was a rare occurrence. But what happens when it's a possibility for those that are closest to us? Twin States News speaks with industry professionals who say they have a setup that gives our kids the best fighting chance possible in this situation.
CLAYTON COBLER- DIRECTOR OF PARAMEDIC @ METRO AMBULANCE says "We have the sports medicine athletic trainers that they are. They usually go out on the field first, and if they think there's something worse than that, then they call us and we go on the field or we take the truck off the field."
Twin States News also speaks with area-wide coaching staffs, and they say that it's important that everyone on staff is certified in CPR and trained to use the AED defibrillator that they have on hand.
CORDERA EASON- AST. FOOTBALL COACH AT LAMAR AND FORMER NFL PLAYER says "I feel like it's very important to always have staff that's there to help and us having Rush Medical out there on the field with us and our kids is very important because these are trained professionals."
Before becoming an assistant coach for Lamar Football Cordera Eason was a high school standout, went on to play for Ole Miss, and also played in the NFL before an injury ended his career. He and first responders agree when emergencies like Damar Hamlin's incident happens, it's important to rely on training and health professionals.
CLAYTON COBLER added "It's not the popular opinion, but When I was on the truck standing by at these games, my personal feelings and still are. If a kid's hit hard enough to stop the game, they need to go to the hospital and get checked out."
Medical protocols at high school football games are put in place to give your child the best-case scenario in the event of an accident.
Danny Todd, Twin States News Meridian.