Could Using an AED in Fennvile Helped?

This blog is mainly about concussions however, athletic training is a very strong undercurrent here.  Mike Hopper takes a look at a column surrounding the tragedy in Fennville, MI, and how an athletic trainer could have been utilized.

I’m sure anybody in the athletics world has heard of the unfortunate tragedy that took place last Thursday night.  For those who don’t know, Wes Leonard, a 16 year-old basketball player from Michigan, died after scoring the winning basket that sealed his team’s 20-0 perfect regular season.  Leonard collapsed amid the celebration that ensued after the game and died a couple of hours later.

Chilling reports have come from this small town of Fennville that are sending up red flags across the country.  There are mixed reports as to if any care was given immediately following the collapse, but it appears very little was given until paramedics arrived.

In John Doherty’s column on Monday, the author goes to another problem with this whole incident.  CPR or lack of CPR has been brought up numerous times and rightfully so.  But what has remained hush-hush is the lack of AED and the lack of proper medical services provided onsite that night. Continue reading

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