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Pop Warner Football Player Suffers Neck Injury

Twelve-year-old girl flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for evaluation and treatment

A Pop Warner football player was injured when she collided with another player this afternoon at the Pop Warner football fields on Ridgeway Road in Manchester Township, according to Manchester Township police.

Patrolman Keith Craig responded to the field at 12:37 p.m. for a 12-year-old football player with a neck injury.

Upon Craig's arrival, medical personnel were stabilizing the patient on the 50-yard line where the injury occurred.

The patient was in and out of consciousness, and the medical personnel on scene requested a helicopter for transport to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. A MONOC MedEvac helicopter was dispatched to the landing zone at Manchester Township Middle School.

Manchester and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Companies were also dispatched to secure the landing zone.

Once stabilized the patient was flown via helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of her injuries.

No further information was available.

John Mayer October 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Will be happy to hear the player is ok and she walked back on the field during a later games.
careless fills October 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Football is stupid. It should be banned from all schools and as a youth activity. Too many young men have had their health and lives ruined bypermanent injuries (many mental) suffered whilst playing this silly game. All of the so-called life lessons claimed by proponents of football can be better learnt through a whole slew of other activities, including nearly any other sport.
John Mayer October 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM
@careless frills.....then again, there are risks an any sport
John Hartley October 15, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I am happy 2 hear the young player is okay. @ careless frills.....maybe we should have the kids play "Sarcastaball" instead.
Kim Pyne October 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
As the mother of this remarkable young lady I appreciate the outpouring of concern from the community. She is recovering at home with her family. It was a very scary time for us and we are all very relieved that although it was a serious injury (whiplash and concussion) she will recover. @careless frills there is plenty of opportunity for a child in ANY sport to suffer injury. A line drive in baseball that hits a child in the chest has the potential to instantaneously kill them, soccer players suffer the risk of broken limbs, even cheerleaders who don't get recognized as a sport get injured when they fall from a stunt six feet in the air! These are not reasons to ban the sport. The American Youth Football League places the utmost concern on safety for their players and all coaches are trained in concussion awareness. Organized sports are an excellent opportunity for children. They not only keep kids active, they provide the groundwork for so many essential life skills. I am very proud of my daughter for her drive and ambition both on and off the field. She is one of the team captains and also an honor student. She takes pride in her accomplishments and always strives to achieve excellence! Lexi's response to this incident is "at least I made the tackle" and she is upset because her jersey is ruined. She has every intention of returning to the game next season. For the time being she will be on the sidelines guiding her team through the playoffs!
Suzanne Nuccio October 17, 2012 at 02:29 AM
@careless fills....yes, we should listen to someone who starts their comment with "football is stupid"; you sound like a child. You can receive injuries in any sport and the injuries that Lexi received are similar to what you may receive in a car accident, driving in your neighborhood. Maybe you have played on a team or maybe not but I can tell you, there is a bond within the teams in our organization that will stay with these kids forever. Most of the players eat and sleep football, the parents stay and watch game after game after game because they know kids on each level. I know my son has learned many life lessons on that field and has found many role models in the coaches he has had. We are a football family and we support Lexi and commend her commitment to her team and dedication to the sport of football. <3 #11
bhavaja October 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM
That's the spirit Lexi!SO happy you are going to be ok. Thank you mom for your post; what a relief...@careless-your username says it all'care''less'.sports provide exercise (endorphins to ward off depression), social interaction lessons, motivation, discipline, respect for self/others....i could go on and on. Each year Natl Associations look at safety measures for each aport, all schools/programs mostly have defibrillators- life only on sidelines is not living life fully
careless fills October 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Kim, I'm glad your child is on the way to recovery and that you have shown the wisdom of holding her out for the rest of the season. We can only pray that her recovery will be full.
careless fills October 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It is true that there are risks in doing anything. My last point is that all of the benefits claimed by proponents of football can be best learnt through a whole slew of other safer activities, including nearly any other sport. Not 100% risk free, but substantially safer.
careless fills October 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I enjoyed all of those benefits whilst playing several other sports, including two that I lettered in during HS. Fortunately, because of my choices, I can run circles around my brother-in-law, who faces hit replacement surgery after a college football career earlier in his life.
careless fills October 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Another tackler: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/injured-tulane-player-walker-issues-182344561--ncaaf.html

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