NC high school football player dies after practice
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CHAPEL HILL -- A North Carolina high school football player has died after practice and officials are investigating whether he was dehydrated. Seventeen-year-old Atlas Fraley of Chapel Hill High School died Tuesday. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Tom Clark said Wednesday evening he was investigating whether dehydration caused Fraley's death. The newspaper said Fraley's coach initially thought he died from an asthma attack. David Finley said his son had followed a strict hydration routine after collapsing at practice last year. But he said Tuesday's early morning scrimmage didn't allow his son to follow the routine of Gatorade and water he drank before the usual evening practice sessions. His parents found him unresponsive Tuesday evening when they returned home. Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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This is very sad indeed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and community. I read the full story on News And Observer and they are still determining a cause of death. He played in a scrimmage game early in the morning where he complained about a headache and was taken out of the game for good. He then went home and around 2:00 called 911 to which an ambulance responded and came to the house. However it is not known if they treated him. Then his parents came home to find him passed. It was in the mid 70's that morning during the scrimmage so heat is not considered to be a factor. to read the full story, go here: http://www.newsobserver.com/264/story/1178629.html
I am so sorry to see the loss of this young athlete's life yet again in the news. My sincere condolences go out to his family. I cannot image what it is like to lose a child! My prayers are with you all. He's in heaven with Jesus now. He looks like a beautiful young man. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you and remember, Jesus is with you through this storm.
I would like the family to know that we will keep them in our prayers. We are so sorry for the lose of your son. May God bless and help you through your lose.
This is a tragic death. Hopefully, local parents will see it as a Wake Up Call to their sons and daughters playing soccer in 95+ degree heat. It is not necessary to play in such brutal heat, and this is a terrible example of what can happen. Parents: Please pay attention! It's not a case of coddling your children; it's more a case of protecting them.
He died after an EARLY MORNING PRACTICE. It was nice and cool. God save our children from the pansies!
Just Tragic....NOW does anyone feel we are pushing TEENAGERS a little too hard for a stupid sport that DOESN'T MATTER at that age?
STUPID SPORT IS RIGHT, BUT COACHES AND SCHOOLS ARE NOT CONCERNED WITH HEALTH...IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY THAT A SPORTS PROGRAM GETS FOR THE SCHOOL. NO LONGER IS THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF MOST IMPORTANCE, IT IS THE SPORTS PROGRAM THAT COUNTS. WHAT A SHAME!
If you read the real story, the kid dies at home, hours after a scrimmage in 70 degree weather, which he was taken out of the game because he complained of a headache. He even called 911 and an ambulance came to his house but we don't know how they treated him. Could have been any number of things. You just have to wait and see. Very Tragic, Untimely Death. But no need to call out for a reality check until you know the cause.
To many of the 17 and 18 year old students and even kids as young as 12, we look to these sports as an outlet. Not just for something to do or a sense of belonging but hopefully to provide ourselves with a chance to better ourselves in college. I dont think it's fair for you to say the sports our children play are stupid and dont matter at their age. Anything a child wants to do should hold value. It all matter's. This is a sad situation and I feel for the family of this young athelete. Im sure his mother thinks everything he did mattered to her and the pride she held for him and his sport of choice is great.