Most people are familiar with collisions on Florida highways and roads. There was a different kind of collision that was reported recently – it took place during a Jacksonville Florida middle school soccer game between Jeb Stuart Middle School and Kirby Smith Middle School. Josh Walter, a 14-year-old soccer player, was hospitalized in critical condition after sustaining personal injuries in the soccer match when he collided with another player from the opposing team. Walter was flown to Shands Jacksonville with swelling around his brain. The extent of the opposing player’s injuries and his name have not been released. For more see 8th-grade soccer player (Josh Walter) of Jacksonville, Florida, tragically died after colliding with opponent in a soccer match.
The death of this young man is a tragedy for his family, friends, and community. There has been a recent increase in awareness concerning the severity of personal injuries sustained by youth athletes. The primary focus has been around concussions and their treatment. Not only can head injuries be deadly, but if not fatal these types of injuries can cause developmental and behavioral challenges in its victims. Parents, coaches and other school athletic physicians need to inform and educate themselves on the severity and potentially fatal injuries their youth athletes are exposed to.