The Next Concussion? Internal Injuries Are Sports Danger
Kathy Haugen watched from the sidelines as her 15-year-old son Taylor, a wide receiver on his Florida high school football team, collapsed after a hard hit. She knew instantly that it was bad. She couldn’t have imagined it was deadly. Haugen, 48, of Niceville, said “He was throwing a pass over his head, and was tackled from the front and back simultaneously. He went down with the ball.” She added, “When he got up, he staggered quite a bit, so they called him off the field. It was very obvious something was fiercely wrong.” The Haugen’s only child lost consciousness in the ambulance, and died a day later in August, 2008. His liver had been crushed. With football season gearing up nationally, there has been plenty of attention on the danger of concussions at all levels of the sport. But medical experts say the organs most vulnerable to football injuries are the spleen, liver and kidney.
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