A 10th grade high school football player, Milton Johnson – age 15, was recently injured during practice at Baker High School in Glen St. Mary, Florida. A news story (Baker County High School Wildcat Football Player is Critical) by Jim McGauley of the Baker County Press reported that that the injury may have resulted from Milton being struck in the neck region by another player’s shoulder. Milton was transported to Shands Jacksonville Trauma Center in Jacksonville, Florida where he was placed on a ventilator.
Serious injuries result from Florida pop warner and high school football as well as other contact sports every day. These injuries are part of the risks of the sport. In some instances, sport related injuries can be avoided with proper training, instruction, and supervision. In other instances, the injury is an unfortunate result of timing and body positioning.