A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical costs for a high school football heat stroke victim from Stockton. The key for all to know is that many of these cases we’ve covered over the years are not necessarily for varsity football players. It’s for the younger ones on the freshman, sophomore and JV levels who may not know their physical limitations quite yet and may be more timid to tell their coaches they’re in trouble.
Jayden Jones, an incoming freshman at Lincoln High in Stockton, remained hospitalized on Sunday at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after suffering a heat stroke injury at football practice last week. Jones was likely like thousands of incoming freshmen around the state as practices began last week, not knowing what to expect but interested in trying out for football.
As the CIF calendar has moved up one week earlier this year, however, the fears of heat-related football practice injuries are at an all-time high. And this first week of practice in the Central Valley was hot and humid.
The CIF itself has been sending out Twitter updates every day reminding all coaches and parents of heat-related health issues. We’re doing this post at Cal-Hi Sports as another reminder with the addition that a tale of an athlete suffering such an injury has already taken place.
Link HERE to a story on CBS13 out of Sacramento about Jayden’s situation.
Link HERE to a GoFundMe account set up by Jayden’s mother to help with expenses.
Have a great second week of practice everyone, but never lose sight of the health of all players and pay attention to all of the usual warning signs. Parents also need to tell their kids to never, ever be timid in asking for water breaks.