Colorado teen collapses during rugby match, dies
Matthew Hammerdorfer died shortly after a rugby match in Colorado.
March 7th, 2011
08:05 AM ET

Colorado teen collapses during rugby match, dies

Another teen athlete has died suddenly during a game.

Matthew Hammerdorfer of Fort Collins, Colorado, collapsed during a rugby match Saturday. The 17-year-old's death was caused by complications from a heart condition, according to CNN affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.

Friends of the teen told reporters that he was a multi-sport athlete, the station said. He loved mountain biking and reggae, a friend told CNN affiliate KCNC who saw Hammerdorfer collapse.

Witnesses said Hammerdorfer took a hit on the field Saturday, fell and did not get up,  KMGH reported. "We got reports that the victim was in seizure at some point before and during our response," said Patrick Love, spokesman for the Poudre Fire Authority, according to the station. The teenager was taken to a hospital, where he died, the station reported.

On Sunday, hundreds attended visitation of a Michigan high school basketball player who died during a game last week. Wes Leonard, 16, of Fennville, died moments after scoring the winning basket in overtime Thursday, securing a perfect season for the Fennville High School Blackhawks. Leonard scored his team's last four points in the 57-55 victory.

An autopsy Friday revealed Leonard died of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart, according to Dr. David A. Start, the Ottawa County chief medical examiner.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    My condolences to the family. I know in our state it is required to have physicals. But when you take them they give the overall look. Maybe since sports are rigorious, they should be required to give chlidren an ecogram or ct of their hearts. Many children born with heart problems never even know they have heart problems till something happens or adults for that matter.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • nutmeg2

      Agree. Parents should take it upon themselves to have these tests done if their student athlete will be playing a rigorous sport. I have to imagine there would be a way to get these done at reasonable cost for parents. School sports are a great part of a child's education.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Colorado does require school physicals for student athletes.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      While I agree in principle, I am not sure that requiring such to be a part of sport's physicals is the answer. First, you're assuming that every child participles in a school sport. Second, the phys ed dept should not be put onto the "front line" for finding major illness and disease in kids.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Xavier

      You do realize everyone dies at some point right? If you pass a law requiring every kid to have a cardiogram before playing a spot, you will have even more fat kids in the US because it would be incredibly expensive to test every kid who wants to run around. Please, everyone, every death is not an avoidable tragedy. Condolences to the family on losing a love one, but legislation isn't the answer. Every sport you play has a chance to kill you, but so what, every drive you take has a chance to kill you too.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • dtboco3

      Living in Co, I have been watching this story on out local news. He had 3 heart surgeries in the past. Everyone was well aware of his condition. The coroner ruled it a natural death. Also, Colorado does require a physical to play sports. When I played that included a blood work up.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Not every child. the physicals are for cildren that do sports. YOu can have one their freshman year and clear them of heart defects. An enlarged heart, could that be steroids though? I guess it could be many things.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • dtboco3

      Of course the physicals are only mandatory for those who play sports. For kids who do not play sports, getting a physical is up to the parents to take them in. What does that have to do with this case? Are you suggesting legislation for all children to have a physical including heart exam before entering high school? That's a bit ridiculous. As sad and shocking as these deaths can be, some things are just NOT preventable. This kid had a heart defect. They said that any amount of exertion at any time could have killed him.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Moejito

      Chances are that in a child, an enlarged heart is not due to steroids. A heart can enlarge in very active people, as the heart is a muscle that will enlarge with exercise (just as any other muscle). If it grows too large is is less flexible and does not pump blood effectively. This was a contributing factor in the death of US Marathoner Ryan Shay in the Olympic Marathon Trials in NY back in 2007.

      Enlarged hearts can be recognized in an EKG, which is a simple test. But not always. While I think CT is a little bit of an overkill, EKG would be perfectly acceptable and easy to do in physical exams.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Red Yankee

      Rather than making it the schools problem to diagnose every kids potential life threatening problem, how about we make the people who have kids responsible for making sure they get their children exams and ask their doctors about things that should be checked for, regardless of whether the school requires it or not?

      March 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @dtboco please no more legislation. Maybe stress test 1st and then maybe if there are some red flags futher diagnosis.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Red Yank- I agree it inevitably rest in the hands of the parent or guardian.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • AMF

      My heart goes out to the family of these young boys. I pray that they find some comfort in knowing that their children died doing something that gave them joy. I am so sorry for their loss.
      As a health care member, I would ask where was the AED at these events? They should be court side, feild side, pool side, any side of any sport that is played!

      March 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      Do I need to get my son a physical before he's allowed to go outside and play, too? Where does it end?

      We live, we die– get over it.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      I have a problem with the statement "Parents should take it upon themselves to have these tests done ". An echocardiogram is an expensive procedure that can only be done with a doctor's order, and doctors are not and should not be in the habit of ordering expensive procedures just because patient's mom is paranoid and demands it. The cost of such a procedure in the context of a child with no family history and no symptoms is not likely to be covered by insurance or Medicaid. Essentially you're saying families who can't afford these medical procedures shouldn't let their kids participate in sports. Until the procedures are recommended and accepted by reimbursers, that just isn't feasible, and until then you can't blame the parents.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      AMF ... the phrase "'My heart goes out' to the family" might not be the best choice of words here. Just sayin': keep an eye on what comes out, OK?

      March 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      The best test to catch these young people with congenital abnormalities is an echocardiogram. A physical exam will not catch this. Most do not have murmurs. The problem is the cost of the test widely administered as part of routine school sports physicals is preclusive. You'd have to screen thousands of normals to catch the abnormals, and so far the cost has been the barrier. While there have been communitiies where, for example, a cardiology group offers it either free or at a sharp discount, (taking upon themselves liability) this has not been widespread enough to provide the screening nationally. It's a tough problem.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Dana how about a stress test?

      March 7, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      People are assuming that all heart defects are detectable in tests. This is not so. My cousin died of heart failure due to an undetected defect in his mid-30's. He'd had many physicals, but no defect was ever detected.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      It may be a strain on the family's finances – BUT – without our health, we have nothing. Nothing else matters when you're dead.

      Too much emphasis is placed on material things in today's society. For some reason people STILL do not recognize the importance in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Some deaths are not preventable, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take an active approach toward doing as much as possible to prevent any sort of [preventable] problems that may arise.

      On the flip side – It isn't fair to tell someone they shouldn't be able to do the things they love because of things of this nature. I realize "life isn't fair" but where do we draw the line between living a full life and living one in fear?

      My dad's lost his brother due to cardiac arrest at the age of 31. My uncle had a heart murmur. He was on one the best crew in the country (rowing) and one of the lead members of his town's SWAT team. Those things brought great joy to his life and afforded him opportunities he would not have had if my grandparents forced him to remain idle as a form of "prevention". We found out I had a heart murmur when I was 10 years old and my parents never considered altering my life because of it. I also had a spinal fusion at 14 due to scoliosis – which had the primary purpose of preventing the curvature from placing extra strain on my heart. I remained one of the top swimmers in the country and had they said no to sports, I would have missed out of the things (joy, life's lessons, etc.) that have shaped me into the woman I am today.

      PS: (per the comments regarding required physicals) – In Florida, we were required to have a physical and certain shots to enter the 7th grade (1997).

      March 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • realworld

      3 heart surgeries and he was a multi-sport athlete? That's taking quite a risk.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      That is my thinking. What is a kid that already had THREE heart surgeries doing playing even one sport?

      Not to get off topic with someone getting riled, but this is the problem in America today. When I was a kid, if you had a medical condition or were just not good enough to play for a team, you didn't play. You learned to deal with your letdowns. Now, in this ME ME ME generation, nobody gets let down. Nobody is told they can't play because it might hurt their feelings. Well, if this poor boy would have had his feelings hurt, he could very well be alive right now.

      I send my thoughts and prayers to his family. I am sure this is a hurt that few of us can understand or comprehend.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • All3Allin

      Clearly physicals need to be required for all students playing sports, however, once it comes down to high school athletics, which can be pretty rigorous, EKG's at the least should be required. Please keep in mind that the school isn't responsible for this, but the parents are. You will have to pay for this to be done. Keep in mind that 2 kids have died in the last week. Yes, THIS ONE, had pre-existing heart problems, but I don't believe the kid in Michigan did. Also, this seems to happen at LEAST once a year, and that is only the ones that we hear about. Yes it's a small percentage, but it could save the lives of many kids.

      I see a lot of people saying it's not the school's problem and they shouldn't have to diagnose health problems, but they already do! My daughters school requested an eye exam and have required dental and doctor check-ups. This is just one more step on the same path. Some anomalies are not going to be caught by a standard physical and require further tests. That's just the way it works and if it can help even a small group, it's worth it.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehgann

      I don't see a problem with the fact that this boy had previous heart problems and was playing a sport, personally. You can disagree with me if you want, but what is the point of living if all you are going to do is hide in a hole to survive? I do think AED's should be at each and every site where someone is participating in a strenuous activity. It is a small price to pay for the measure of precaution it provides. AED's save lives.

      To the families and friends, I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost a friend to a similar situation in high school...he just collapsed on the basketball court. It was a terrible thing. I hope you are able to find peace.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Yankee

      Dana, why should my taxes go up to pay for these EXPENSIVE TESTS just so someones kid can play sports? Because that is what people are suggesting and that is the context of my response. If you claim no Dr will give the test without a prior history or other valid reason, then it just goes to show you that I am right that there is no reason for the taxpayers to foot the bill for kids to have these tests. Especially since according to you no Dr will perform them anyways without a medical reason.

      Having the schools pay for them doesn't make them less expensive and we have better things to spend our schools money on.

      March 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      That is fine if the parents are going to pay for it. I'm already taxed to death.

      March 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cait

      The cost of giving every child and echo and EKG would be way too great to screen all children with this that participate in sports. Additionally if you screened all children with a CT of their heart, which doesn't usually diagnosis this anyway, the radiation exposure would probably kill more children than saved from screening. (Just because radiation exposure has risks and a heart CT would have much more radiation than just a chest x-ray). Additionally an enlarged heart isn't that rare, but only a small minority of children and adults will ever have a problem with it, we can't tell usually who will until they do and often the presenting symptom is cardiac arrest in these people. It would be unfair and probably unhealthy to keep the other 90% from engaging in any form of exercise thus leading to other problems such as diabetes and obesity. While this seems like a simple answer by screening it really isn't

      March 8, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Scottish Mama...True about birth defects. Even Lance Armstrong was born with an enlarged heart. I still believe scholastic sports are safer than crossing the street though.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      All atheletes have an enlarged hearts to compensate for the streneous activities and physical challenges, for some, enlargement can be harmful rather than adaptive.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Enlarged hearts are NOT due to exertion, but secondary to additional loads from defects. The heart doesn't get physically larger, but thickens, which reduces efficiency.
      Now, for most significant heart issues that CAN cause problems in sports, a simple electrocardiogram can determine if there is a significant issue, along with the usual listening for leaky valves (heart murmur).
      And guess what? The cost for that is only a LITTLE bit more than an regular physical, that would miss electrical anomalies.
      In this case, he had a history of heart issues and surgeries. Absent the reason for the surgeries, it would be foolish to speculate further, other than he went down after a hit, which may have cause fibrillation.
      THAT would cause seizure like activity, as the brain loses oxygen and if uncorrected by an AED, would be lethal.
      The best timing I've heard from research is 3 minutes of ventricular fibrillation and after that, it's irreversible.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I just read the local article. He was suffering from Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a significant birth defect of the heart.
      Honestly, were ANY physician to recommend him for any strenuous sports, that physician needs his license revoked!

      March 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. l

    Yeah we needed to have written doctors reports stating we were physically well enough to play, not in shape, but internally well enough to play. This couldn't shouldn't have been playing with his condition, period.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Some believe to live life to the fulliest no matter the cost. Others play it safe just to live. Which is really living?

      March 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. brent Ramsey

    Luke, please tell us why Rugby sucks? Just curious.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rugbydan

      Do not FEED the the troll please.......

      March 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • l

      Cause he "does" mma, like every other retard walking around in an affliction shirt

      March 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      No I don't "do" mma, I train bjj and MMA at an actual gym, unlike you. You probably just watch TUF and tell everyone how good kimbo is, fanboy.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      testosterone in the air?

      March 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • l

      Thats the second Kimbo reference you've made, he's clearly the only fighter you know of lol, so where do you fight, out of what gym? Whats your record? Who have you fought and who sponsers you? can you answer any of these, or are you completely full of s*** like i know you are

      March 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Heath

    This is the second time that there has been a teenage death with these mystery heart problems. One has to ask what is going on? This kind of stuff disturbs me. Why are so many kids being born with these kind of defects? It must be something in the environment that is causing this. It's not the first time this year that athletes have suddenly died at young ages. There has been several cases of this happening. Is it connected with all the chemicals and stuff in foods that our bodies were simply not designed to handle. Are there any scientists looking into this kind of things?

    March 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      You may be right, there may be some sort of Erin Brokovich situation that grows kids' hearts while in the womb. I think that there have always been health problems like this except kids used to be described as "sickly" or "weak". Statistics combined with a national media market make us more aware of these incidents.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin Bray

      Nothing new is going on. Just news coverage to sell advertising.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • mom

      Yes Michelle – that would be a start. Athletes who answer Yes to any of those questions should have an ekg. Alot of these heart conditions are GENETIC passed on from generations. The problem with the statistics is that not everyone with a heart condition is diagnosed. My son was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome at age 6. Unfortunately there is no history of fainting or early death in either my husband or I family. We r fortunate to have discoverd this as hard as it is to live with the condition. This syndrome is usually the one that an athlete has (undiagnosed) and collapses with cardiac arrest. Unfortunatley their first sign of this genetic disorder is death. If you are diagnosed with this you can take a beta blocker and adjust your lifestlye. There needs to be more attention to these heart disorders as the outcome can be so traumatic if not discovered!1

      March 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Red Yankee

      Two kids dying and suddenly we are worried about an epidemic caused by some contaminent, this why news agencies love stories like these. So many people get all worked up about them and jump to so many conclusions, they can then use them get you to read other scary stories that are really nothing to worry about. Scare News, its a tactic as old as news media itself.

      Bottom line is kids have been dying playing sports for as long as kids have been playing sports, just because you suddenly read two articles on it doesn't mean it just started. Try and be a little more intelligent than that please.

      When I was in high school in the late 70's/early 80's we had one athelete die on the wrestling mat, one little leaguer die after getting hit in the chest with a baseball and in several of the surrounding towns they each had a kid die playing sports. But you know what, we also had kids die in car accidents.....get Erin Brokovich on that right away.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • mom

      Wow Yankee you seem very angry. I agree that these heart conditions are not because of something in the "AIR" that is just common sense. These heart conditions are genetic. We are learning so much more about these young athletes dying of c ardiac arrest in the past 10 years. It would be foolish not to try and prevent these deaths because if you are aware of these conditions you can prevent the death. My child who is 6 years old and very athletic was diagnosed with a heart disorder. His heart is healthy it is the elctrical part of the way it beats. I hate the diagnosis because we need to possibly limit his activity (still in the early diagnosis) however I would rather know now than watching him play high school sport and collapsing of cardiac arrest! Also if a difibbulator was available and someone starts cpr immediately these kids could possibly have survieved. I own a defibullator (bcause of my sons condition) and everyone associated with me and my family has been trained on cpr. It is something I wish everyone would learn! Anyway am glad the media has covered these trajic stories to bring AWARENEES so we can prevent these deaths.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @JP How about Autism- I think it may be steroids given to cows and then we drink the milk. Autism has spiked since this has been taking place. I am not a scientist and this will probably get someone at Monsanto upset, but we need to go back to when these cases were first diagnosed.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • C Shepard

      Monster drinks and other energy drinks are HORRIBLE for the heart. These kids love em and will drink them behind their parents backs.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I just was reading an article about that very subject, NOT only athletes, but in the general population of children and teens.
      Most of which is attributable to poor cardiac screening in the young.
      BUT, we have the best health care system in the world!
      If you're the King of Saudi, Bill Gates of a congressman.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MaryM

    It's sad, because both of these athletes would still be alive today had they had proper physicals. When a child appears healthy, doctors and school nurses do only a percursory examination at best. The same with eye examinations, etc. given at schools. My daughter lost all vision in one eye because of a defect that was not detected until the 5th grade and was only detected then because for once, the school hired an actual trained nurse, instead of using volunteers to perform the student's eye examinations. We had always been told her eyesight was fine and had no idea the exams were performed by untrained personnel. By the time we learned about her vision problems, it was too late to save the vision. If we had known by the 2nd grade at least, surgery would have helped. Please, insist on thorough physicals at the doctor's office and have eye exams done at an eye doctors. Disregard those done at the school because they are useless.

    My condolences to the families of both boys...

    March 7, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Grammer Police

      I believe that would be 'cursory' Mary. Precursory is something that happens before something else.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Red Yankee

      REally you are blaming the school for not diagnosing your childs vision problem? What you never took her to see a pediatrician? You expected the school to provide your kids healthcare? Sorry but if early diagnosis could have saved yoru daughters eyesight, then it is ALL YOUR FAULT for not taking her to see a pediatrician and expecting the school to do your job for you.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Noname

      And that would be "Grammar", Grammer Police.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • judge-mental

      uhhh, the school teaches... they are not doctors and eyesight being really reallly important, i wouldn't leave it up to a few letters on the wall in the school aid station. Thats called PARENTING and CARING, not passing the buck on a school.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Mary, my daughter went to kindergarden, 3/4 ths through the year they thought she may be having problems. The put her in a special class, the teacher called one day and said come up.I thought something was wrong and when I got there he told me to come in the room. We stood behind her, he said her name, she did not answer, he said there is nothing wrong with this child, she cannot hear. To make this alittle shorter, she had alergies and defecive estachian tubes. She had taught herself to read lips. Adaptation.Tubes were put, she could hear. Today she is a teacher. What I believe is we have to catch the signals and it is sometimes hard, because we compansate for what we loose. An eye she had another and adapted, making it hard. Reliable eye exams also help.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • FTCFamily

      These posts are getting ridiculous. From the get go you all assumed that the parents of these boys didn't get physicals. I know the CO boy's situation. He had more than a physical. He had a known heart condition that had been treated through the years culminating in surgery in 2002 of a valve replacement. The replacement went well but did not guarantee he'd never have a heart attack, which doctors said could happen anytime whether he was exerting himself or not. How about not making assumptions, not professing with your head, and rather listen to your heart and wisdom to know you don't know the whole of this situation before you start spouting.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @FTCFamily- we know this boys situation. We have progressed to knowledge is the key. But parents need to be informed withthe ability to ask questions, watch for signals. This boy decided to live his life, that was his choice.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awkward

      @Grammer Police – don't know if you're from the states or what but it's "Grammar". Maybe you're just being funny?

      March 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. someoneelse

    I hope these enlarged hearts are genetic and not caused by something new (man made) that we don't know about yet...

    March 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. B

    Great,
    The only time that rugby is on American news.
    Thanks CNN; this really helps to promote of one the best sports on earth among the youth.
    Fantastic.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Agreed. What's interesting is that even though Rugby is tougher than pretty much any sport, you don't see anywhere near the amount of concussions and other injuries that occur in other contact sports. Why? No shoulder pads and helmets. Rugby rocks. Best wishes to the families and friends of the deceased athletes mentioned here.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Soooo true. Rugby needs the proper attention it deserves. I'm not saying in any way that they shouldn't have put this news here, but its sad that this is the only coverage of the sport.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • john o'rourke

      the kid died and very sad. he died playing a game he loved. could have been worse.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robin Bray

    Two cases is not a trend. It depends on what the news wishes to report. A small plane crashes everyday in the U.S. but we don't cover everyone on national news unless news is slow. Then we will for a few weeks then move on to something else. it's called a selective bias of reporting. And several cases out of 300 million people is nothing. More teens died recently just walking down the street doing nothing dangerous. it's what the human body does.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • All3Allin

      And these are not the only cases to ever occurr. This has been going on for quite some time and YES there needs to be further testing than just a standard turn and cough physical.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PSAGuy

    As a high school Head Football Coach I can tell you that the physicals given today are a joke. Often a local Family Practice guy does a deal for the school and runs an assembly line. I have even seen where a Chiropractor did the physicals !!
    A new process is important BUT we must remember there are millions of kids that cannot afford these. Are we eliminating their opportunity to participate with this ?

    March 7, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Isn't it ridiculous that a CHIROPRACTOR is allowed to sign school physical forms? This is something that has been trying to get through legislature in my state as well and I have been adamently trying to prevent it.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Exactly my point at the top. Thanks coach. And I have taken my boys to a chiropractor for a fast 1 day in advance warning physical.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • All3Allin

      GREAT and actually USEFUL post. 🙂 I agree that most physicals these days are haphazard at best. I think the key is identifying kids with issues. If they are red flags for certain hereditary illnesses, require that those students have further testing completed. Realistically, most medical tests aren't nearly as expensive as what we pay for them, so maybe they could be offerred at some type of "special rate" so that all kids that are determined to be risks could have them done at a reasonable cost. Just thoughts, but something has to give. A lot of people here would love to have you believe that it's just a couple of kids now and then, but truthfully, this happens more frequently than I think any of us realize. http://www.unc.edu/depts/nccsi/2009ALLSPORTTABLES.pdf Shows the stats for every sport, but dates back to 2008-2009.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MarToon

    This is very very very very very very very sad and reflects very poorly upon such a totally wonderful sport.
    with deepest sympathies from ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER

    March 7, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • GoodAdvice

      That's wrestling.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. katsis

    Oh – now it's fashionable for kids to die during school sports!

    They would be safer staying at home and smoking heroin than doing all this physical activity!

    March 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    No trend? Hmmm, I guess those thousands od hours of video games makes kids healthier then and at least less obese and less likely to suffer trauma when under physical strain. Yep, no doubt about it: simply encourage your kids to play more video games and reap the eternal rewards.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      That's a complete non sequiter. These were all athletes.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rugbydan

    If you wish to send condolences to his family, friends and teammates go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Love-You-Matthew-Hammerdorfer/206714769343183

    Thanks

    March 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris Cook

    so why these stories of sport sudden deaths CNN????

    March 7, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Red Yankee

      Because they will get every parent of a school aged child to read them and get all worried that their own child is about to drop dead in gym class or on the field. Scare News.........it draws in the readers.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Red Yankee-I think they did not report the 3 from Missouri, 2 high school and 1 from MIzzou college.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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