Football Injury Rushes Teen To Hospital
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CREATED Aug. 7, 2013
Council Bluffs, IA - It could have been a quick end to a college football career. One teen from Iowa rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning with possible spinal cord injuries during a football practice.
Six days into football season at Iowa Western Community College, some players are already sitting out. Instead proudly wearing the blue and white Reivers jerseys, they wear yellow, a sign the player is injured. It's the color one freshman from Bernard, Iowa may be wearing for a few days after he was rushed to the hospital.
According to Iowa Western school officials, the teen complained of neck and back tingling. A trainer rushed to his side, and after observing his injuries, the trainer called for an ambulance. "Our whole goal is to try and stay as healthy as possible and some things, you can't always control in the game of football," said head coach Scott Stohmeier. He said the player went to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
Test results from x-rays show the teen's spinal cord is not damaged, according to school officials. The teammate could be back on the field by next week. When asked how the team tries to prevent injuries from happening, Stomeier said with so many guys on the field, injuries will happen, "We give them enough rest in between and we try to do a lot of different things so they have the opportunity to recoup."