Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

New York HS Football Player Dies After Suffering Injury at Practice

New York HS Football Player Dies After Suffering Injury at Practice

Witnesses reported several football players were running onto the field while holding a large log, which resembled a telephone pole, over their heads, according to NY television station WCBS-TV.

A 15-year-old football player died Thursday morning after being injured during an offseason practice at Sachem East High School in Farmingville, NY. Witnesses said two players fell and the log struck Joshua in the head, causing massive injuries. WABC reported he was in cardiac arrest when he was taken off the field.

No other details were immediately available and the boy's name was not released.

School district Superintendent Kenneth Graham called the incident a "horrific accident" in a statement posted to the district's website, adding, "words can not express the grief we feel as a school community". He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. "We extend our deepest condolences to the student's family and friends during this terribly hard time".

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The team was participating in an exercise camp before the official start of team training on Monday.

NYSPHSAA executive director Robert Zayas said that the rule for off-season practice is that it can not be mandatory.

"What exercises that are conducted are the privy of the school district and individuals running the workouts", he said.

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