A high school football team was optimistic going into a Saturday playoff game after posting its best regular season ever before their wide receiver suffered a tragic head injury.
CBS News reports that Hopi High School senior Charles Youvella died on Monday after suffering a head injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against Arizona Lutheran Academy. The 5’5 wide receiver suffered a traumatic brain injury after being tackled and died two days later at a local hospital. The only bright spot in the game was Youvella’s third-quarter touchdown which proved to be Hopi’s only touchdown in the team’s 60-6 loss.
Youvella’s tragic passing continues to alarm parents of young football players who could be facing death every time they step onto the field. Two weeks ago, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council demanded a national system that tracked concussions related to football and other sports in order to diminish them.
The report showed that a whopping 250,000 people age 19 and younger were in emergency rooms in 2009 due to sports-related injuries.