High school football player seriously injured by tackle
Bailey in good condition at Riley
Last Updated: 101 days ago
EDINBURGH, Ind. - A 15-year-old Edinburgh High School student suffered severe internal injuries when he was tackled during a game last Friday night.
Steven Bailey, a running back for Edinburgh High School, was tackled during the season opener against Manual High School. The hit resulted in a ruptured spleen, lacerated kidney and a punctured lung.
Bailey later collapsed near the field. His parents took him to the hospital and he was later flown to Riley Hospital for Children.
“He was just carrying the ball and kinda got spun around and took a couple of hits and I'm not real sure. As I said, he was running the ball," Edinburgh High School Athletic Director David Walden said.
Experts said concussions are far more common than the severe internal injuries Bailey suffered, especially among football players.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said nearly 30 million children and teens play organized sports in the U.S., which leads to 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
Walden said internal injuries are a less-likely occurrence.
“Collisions and hitting is part of the game and it's a violent sport really, and I think kids understand that and understand the possibility they could be injured, but not to that extent," Walden said.
Bailey was last reported to be in good condition at Riley Hospital for Children and is expected to make a full recovery.
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