Ugh, this is just so sad.
Football and head injuries are a hot topic right now, with the NFL recently being on blast for their lack of warning, care, and prevention. Well, it seems like high school football doesn't get a pass, either, just because kids are playing instead of adults.
A young footballer named Charles Youvella, who played for Hopi High School in Northern Arizona, has passed away just days after sustaining a brain injury during a game.
This is such a horrible reminder of the dangers of head trauma in youth sports, and sports in general.
It's a shame that it took a Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver (Larry Fitzgerald) tweeting a picture of Youvella (above) and asking people to pray for those involved, but it just seems like that's what it takes these days for people to get riled up over the safety of our players! And don't get us wrong: we are SO glad that player did take the time to let the world know and to ask for those prayers.
Just TWO WEEKS ago, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council urged for the creation of a national system to track sports-related concussions and answer questions about youth concussions.
We just hope something like this can be created and helpful before the next tragedy strikes, because 250,000 people age 19 and younger had concussions and other sports- or recreation-related brain injuries in the country in 2009. And those are the kids that were treated and documented — how many kids out there go untreated??
This is all just so sad.
We hope Charles is at peace now, and we wish nothing but the best for his family friends in their time of grieving.
[Image via Twitter.]