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North Carolina high school football dealing with injuries

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Three North Carolina high school football players have died this football season. The latest casualty happened Friday in the Hoggard vs. Greenville Rose game. Greenville Rose running back, Jaquan Waller, received a hard hit in the second quarter. He died Saturday Morning. For the Hoggard High School football players, Tuesday’s practice seemed like any other normal practice. In many ways it was, but there were still emotional scars being carried over from Friday's Hoggard vs. Greenville Rose game. Hoggard’s head coach, Scott Braswell said, "The thing I've tried to convey to our guys is we did not do anything wrong. There was not a cheap shot. It was just a situation where a young man came to the field with a pre-existing condition. Our guys were playing football and it was just one of those things that happened." Jaquan Waller had complained of a migraine headache for a few weeks. According to Hoggard Coach Scott Braswell, there are precautionary steps a school can take. "We're blessed to have one of the best training staffs in the state of North Carolina with Josh Canipe does an outstanding job. Secondly, we also try to inspect our equipment. We try to buy quality equipment from Revolution helmets to Douglas shoulder pads to make sure our kids are properly equipped," said Braswell. High school football teams all across the state are aware of the latest tragedy. In Shallotte, head coach Jimmy Fletcher said everything injury related must go through the West Brunswick trainer. "She tells me ‘coach they can't go’. I'm not going to interfere with that at all. That's her call. I told her that when I hired her. She's an expert at that. That's what we do. Of course if she doesn't feel good she'll call in a doctor and those guys will make those decisions,” said Fletcher. Coach Braswell added, "Our hearts go out with the deepest sympathy to the family for the Rose team and the family. I understand he's a special young man and it's a tragedy." Jaquan Waller apparently sustained a concussion in last Wednesday's practice, and it may not have been his first. He was not examined by a physician between the time of that injury and Friday’s game, but there were two doctors on the sideline when he collapsed during the game.

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MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY

I MET JAQUAN AND HIS MOM AND STEPDAD WHEN I WAS LIVING IN THE SAME BUILDEN AS THEM IN HIS YOUNGER DAYS,I KNEW HIM AS FAT(A NICKNAME),HE WAS A BRIGHT YOUNG BOY ,A GOOD KID WITH SO MUCH ENERGY AND SO FULL OF LIFE,WHO HAS GROWN INTO A BRIGHT YOUNG MAN,IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT HE IS NO LONGER HERE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY

Why?

My heart goes out to the families that have lost the most valuable thing in the world, the life of a child. But, WHY? Why do we still insist on sponsoring athletics that are a clear and present danger? If a type of toy had killed several kids this year, would it still be on the shelf? I have been around football at the high school level and I can tell you that the push to win is great. The coaches, parents and fans want stronger, faster and more aggressive players. It is pushing beyond the limit. Practicing in excessive heat in August and doing so late in the afternoon after an all ready full day is asking for trouble. What do you expect to happen when two very strong young men run into each other at top speed??? INJURY...it can not be avoided. Why don't we have high school boxing or knife throwing? How about bomb making 101 or bullfighting? Football and other sports like it have no place in pubic education. However, the boneheads will prevail and the senseless injuries, some fatal, will continue.

Jaquan Waller's death

I know Jaquan, he was a friend of mine, and we went to middle school and high school together. I think that they should have gotten someone to examine him more than needed to make sure he was alright. I also think that he shouldn't have played in that game on Friday night because we lost a very good person whose done nothing to anyone. He is deeply missed and we all love him.

Football Injuries

The school system should get ready for a lawsuit and this coach and trainer should be held negligent if this kid sustained a concussion during practice and they did not DEMAND a clean bill of health from a QUALIFIED PHYSICIAN before he stepped back on that field. If he was complaining of migraines for weeks, It should have been an indication that he was not fit to play. My children play school sports and I watch them carefully for injuries. If my kid was still complaining of pain even days afterward, I would see that he would not participate again until see was cleared by a DOCTOR. That is my responsibility as a parent, I make the final call. I know that the trainers are qualified and educated but they do not preform CAT Scans or MRI's and a teenager that is determined to be a part of a team cannot rationalize the danger. Concussions are not rare in football and the coaches and trainers should be able to recognize the signs. This is a prime example of when the player's needs has to be put before the needs of the team. I would be suprised if the school system's liability insurance carrier doesn't require a clean bill of helath from a physician or ER and if they don't, the school system should. One simple step that could help to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening. This type of complaceny is unacceptable.

Let's wait for all the facts before passing judgement

Let's get all the facts before we start passing judgement. Do we know that the kid complained to the coaches about headaches? Do you know that the kid complained to his parents about the headaches. I know it was mentioned that he complained about heachaches, but to whom and how often. We all get headaches from times to time. Just because he had a headache doesn't mean anyone did anything wrong. I'm not trying to defend the coaches or his parents, but I think we've seen recently how often jumping to conclusions without all the facts makes us look foolish

Jaquan

I am a parent of a baseball and football son and we have been in the sports for about 9 years now. My daughter plays softball, she is 9. If this child had headaches for weeks he should not have played. Where were his parents and coaches before hand having him checked by doctors? Why did no one stop him? I'm sure he wanted to play but as a "older" parent we are here to protect our children and make hard decisions for them if necessary. As much as I would have a hard time telling my son not to play due to his condiditon, I know he would trust what I say and we would find out the cause. I'm deeply touched by this loss, and I am so sorry he had to lose his life. God Bless Him and keep him safe now.