Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

West Middle School student suffers head injury

October 10, 2012


A sixth-grade boy at West Middle School was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning after suffering a head injury while playing basketball in the school gymnasium.

West Principal Myron Melton said the student ran into a wall in the gym during the basketball game and appeared to have injured his head. He declined to identify the student.

"We always err on the side of caution in that case," Melton said. "if we think there's any possibility of a head injury or further injury, we just want to be fully cautionary and make sure he's getting any medical attention he might need."


jhawk926 5 years, 6 months ago

Good job, West Middle School staff. You can never be overly cautious with these type of injuries.

MISTERTibbs 5 years, 6 months ago

As I recall, there is padding on the wall in the areas of the baskets, but even with that you could get a pretty nasty knock on the head. The padding, even in your picture, just isn't that thick and if you are moving quickly isn't going to provide much cushion.

On a side note, this old man remembers playing in a gym that was upstairs in a school. There were doors underneath one of the baskets with a set of stairs to access the gym right outside those doors. The home team made it a point to ride at least one player from the opposing team out those doors as they would go in for a layup. That is the only place I can remember ever getting into a fight while playing ball.

overthemoon 5 years, 6 months ago

is it a coincidence that the advert next to the article is about brain health??

And about padding. It helps but you can bounce off and hit your head on the floor.

repaste 5 years, 6 months ago

I like the Freestate and LHS soccer stadiums with the Friztel built stone walls 5 ft. from the field. This year they did pad 1/4 on the top, full length are needed.

mamaknows 5 years, 6 months ago

Brain injury can occur even if you hit your head on padding while wearing a helmet. The brain still hits the inside of your skull. Prayers for this child and his family.

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