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Vigil Held For Injured Brocton Teenager

September 16, 2013

BROCTON — Ribbons hung from trees lining a portion of Main Street in the village of Brocton Sunday evening as a community support gathering was held at the Brocton Central School cafeteria for......

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Sep-16-13 3:58 PM

Griffin60 says that by presenting facts about football, I have an "anti-football agenda."

Now Griffin60 is presenting facts about football. Does that mean Griffin60 has an "anti-football agenda"?

I don't think so, but if Griffin60 is consistent, then Griffin60 will say this.

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Sep-16-13 10:49 AM

Praying for Damon and his family!

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Sep-16-13 9:40 AM

Wisechoice2010 is right pray for Damon and his family and not promote any other agenda.

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Sep-16-13 9:39 AM

GeorgeC here is a fact on football ....

The incidence of catastrophic injuries is very low on a 100,000-player exposure basis. For the approximately 1,800,000 participants in 2010, the rate of injuries with incomplete neurological recovery was 0.39 per 100,000 participants.

From the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

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Sep-16-13 9:26 AM

The NFL now incorporates a hit zone in the torso area only. Does high school/middle school have that in force?

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Sep-16-13 9:24 AM

The focus of all should be the recovery of this young man. Having been a coach I cannot imagine what his family coach team mates and the opposing player are dealing with. Our thoughts and prayers need to be with them and everyone involved in this tragic event.

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Sep-16-13 9:01 AM

The fact is that each year more than 1 million High school students play 11-man football. So in that 10 year span over 10 million students played and only 174 were injured in this manner. The odds are low to receive a critical injury like this. I have three boys that play at different levels of football and this game means the world to them and they love it. My heart goes out to Damon's family from what I have heard he loved football also so this is truly a tragic event for the family.

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Sep-16-13 8:23 AM

Griffin60 needs to re-read the post below: Driving is an entirely separate issue. If Griffin60 wants to propose that "teens" not drive, then Griffin60 should advance that proposal and defend it.

And there is no "agenda" in the post below. It presents only facts. If Griffin60 does not like them, then that's Griffin60's own opinion. If Griffin60 thinks the facts are "anti-football," that's Griffin60's own conclusion, which Griffin60 is free to reach.

Yet the facts are the facts.

Griffin60 is entitled to Griffin60's own opinions, but not to Griffin60's own facts.

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Sep-16-13 7:53 AM

I do not know this young man or his family, however the only thing that matters is that this young man gets better, and him being able to walk out of that hospital one day soon.

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Sep-16-13 7:33 AM

Well GeorgeC if your so concerned with avoiding injury you shouldn't let teens drive either. Unfortunately injuries occur in ALL sports but no where near the injuries caused by teens behind the wheel. Please don't use this sad incident to promote your anti football agenda. Pray for Damon!

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Sep-16-13 7:23 AM

We don't know you personally but please know your family is in our prayers

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Sep-16-13 6:12 AM

buffalonews dot com, at /city-region/chautauqua-county/coming-together-for-damon-20130915, reports:

"[A]ccording to the Annual Survey of Football Injury Research, prepared by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[:] Twenty-five high school players suffered fatal injuries over the 10 seasons between 2003 and 2012[.] Over the same 10-year period, 78 high school players suffered brain injuries from which they did not fully recover, and 71 suffered a catastrophic cervical injury, according to a companion survey from the center."

"Local high school football observers say an increasing number of parents are opting to hold their sons out of football games for fear of serious head injuries – a phenomenon they say contributed to the recent merger of the Westfield and Brocton teams."

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