A Kentucky high school football player tragically died simply days after a spring soccer apply the place he suffered a head harm, the state’s highschool athletics affiliation mentioned.
Andrew Dodson, 17, of Pulaski County High School, suffered the harm on Friday on the ultimate day of spring apply. The Kentucky Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation introduced Monday that Dodson had died.
“No phrases can clarify, justify or rationalize tragedies corresponding to these. We solely ask for peace and luxury to throughout him and round our nice Commonwealth,” the KHSAA mentioned. “We additionally encourage all to hunt out household and pals to stroll by this troublesome time collectively and discuss by all of the feelings that include shedding a good friend, brother, comrade, youngster and teammate.
“We all know within the hours, days, weeks, months and years forward we are going to proceed to recollect his combating spirit and keenness for all issues Pulaski County, in addition to his deeply held beliefs about his time on earth and following.
“We maintain his household and his pals shut in these instances and provide our deepest condolences.”
Dodson’s father, Alan, described the play as a freak accident in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Chief.
“It was not a violent hit or helmet-to-helmet. It was a easy, clear sort out,” he mentioned, including that his son was carrying a helmet.
“His head hit the turf, and Andrew suffered blunt-force trauma to the mind. He had a serious surgical procedure to alleviate the strain and has by no means woke up. He has been (combating) for his life on complete life help.”
Kentucky Wildcats soccer coach Mark Stoops was amongst those that despatched their condolences to the Dodson household.
“Our sympathies and prayers are with the household, pals and teammates of Andrew Dodson, a member of the Pulaski County soccer group. We’re heartbroken by this tragedy and are deeply sorry on your loss,” Stoops tweeted.