Football player recovering after losing inhaler, passing out on field

Marks second local athletic-related incident this week

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local football player is recovering after losing his inhaler and passing out on the field.

The incident happened Friday night during a game between Eagles View Academy and Episcopal School of Jacksonville.

News4Jax is told the Eagles View student collapsed, struggled to get back up, but then went down again during the next play.

This marks the second athletic-related incident this week. On Thursday, Fleming Island High School football player Ben Johnson died after going into cardiac arrest in the school's weight room.

News4Jax's Destiny McKeiver spoke with an athletic trainer who offered some suggestions for parents to keep their children safe in any sport.

The two recent incidents with football players in the local area are causing a lot of parents to worry about what's best for their children. The main tip from the athletic trainer is to know your child's health history.

"They want to look for anything that's out of the ordinary, so if they seem a little more lethargic or they just don't seem themselves, they're more tired than normal, more irritable than normal, they want to look at changes in their behavior patterns," licensed athletic trainer Jerry Stevens said.

Stevens said the most common issues with high school athletes are concussion, heat-related hydration issues, sickle cell trait and sudden cardiac death.

He recommends parents have physicals performed on their children, pay attention to their energy levels and, if needed, have medication for children at school and practice.

"So, your biggest message to parents is education?" McKeiver asked.

"Education and doing the right thing so that your child is ready to participate when they take the field, whether it's at practice or games," Stevens said.

Stevens said in addition to education, make sure your children are always hydrated is important. He said being hydrated cuts back on some of the other sports-related illnesses mentioned in the story.

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