News Inferno; September 19, 2013
A 16-year-old high school football player has died following a helmet-to-helmet football injury last week.
The boy, Damon Janes, was a junior at Westfield/Brocton High School in New York. Damon was playing in a varsity football game on Friday; he died Monday afternoon at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, according to MaxPreps.com. Damon, a running back and defensive back lost consciousness after the accident in the game’s third quarter.
Since 2003, a total of 25 deaths have occurred involving American high school football players, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, MaxPrep.com reported. Some 1.1 million teenagers played high school football in the U.S. in 2012, also according to the report, which indicated that 4.2 million played football that year from the youth to the NFL level.