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River Bluff student athlete collapses and dies during football practice

Lexington, SC - A River Bluff High School student athlete collapsed Wednesday evening during football practice. Although CPR was initiated and EMS was quickly notified by the staff that was overseeing the practice, the student eventually died at a local hospital.

Lexington County School District One staff has said that the student was a 14-year-old male.

Wednesday evening’s practice started at 5 p.m. and lasted for several hours. According to the coaching staff, players took regular water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes and the players were required to stop and drink water during those breaks. School district officials also said that an automatic defibrillator was on hand that could be used to provide lifesaving shocks to the heart if that is warranted.

During these practices, sports trainers are always on the field to help monitor the student athletes and make ensure they stay hydrated, district officials said. These trainers, as well as the coaching staff, are all trained to provide emergency resuscitation in the event of an unforeseen incident such as this.

School policy dictates that all student athletes that participate in school athletics have an up-to-date physical each school year before they can play. This is the accepted norm with all student athletes in South Carolina.

District officials said that River Bluff coaches and administrators will stay in contact with the team’s other players, their parents, and other River Bluff students to monitor the impact of this tragedy on them and offer assistance as needed during this tragic time.

The identity of that student athlete has not been released by Lexington County’s Coroner Margaret Fisher. An autopsy will be performed to help determine the actual cause of death.

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