Death of high school footballer re-ignites safety concerns

16 year-old Tyrell Cameron lost his life on the football field last week in a high school game while covering a punt in the 4th quarter.

16 year-old Tyrell Cameron lost his life on the football field last week in a high school game while covering a punt in the 4th quarter.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

An unfortunate injury caused during a high school football game resulted in the death of 16 year-old player Tyrell Cameron on Friday September 4, 2015. Cameron died later that night after breaking his neck during a routine punt coverage in the fourth quarter of a Louisiana high school football game.

Johnny Ogden, an investigator with the parish coroner’s office told USA Today Sports that “Life-saving measures were performed and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced dead (at the hospital).”

De'Antre Turman, 16, also lost his life on the high school football field in 2013.

De’Antre Turman, 16, also lost his life on the high school football field in 2013.

As Cameron’s family, coaches and teammates mourn the loss of a young life, Coach Barry Sebren expressed his team’s grief, saying: “It was a routine play. It was such a tragedy, so unfortunate. We’re gonna miss him. He’s a great player and even better person. That’s what we’re going to miss most about Tyrell.”

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The tragic accident mirrors an eerily similar incident in 2013 where De’Antre Turman of Creekside High School in Union City, Georgia, died while playing in a scrimmage game after he tackled another player. Dr. Daniel Sciubba, an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, called Turman’s death, “a very freak accident.” Sciubba added, “It’s just the fact that people are hitting each other as hard as they can and [the neck] area is not immobilized.”

Concussion. a Sony Pictures film starring Will Smith, will be a story about a doctor who uncovers the potential harm from concussions and the difficulty the doctor had in sharing his findings.

Concussion. a Sony Pictures film starring Will Smith, will be a story about a doctor who uncovers the potential harm from concussions and the difficulty the doctor had in sharing his findings.

These incidents are extreme examples of the inherent danger of playing such a violent sport, but the larger question is how are players being protected? Youth football is one of the most popular activities provided to youngsters but questions persist about player safety. Sport neurologist Dr. Anthony Alessi commented recently on the subject stating, “We know that the brain is not fully developed at the youth level. The most successful players in the NFL did not play youth football.”

While officials at all levels of football have been asked to address concerns from fans and participants, expectations increase that the NFL take the lead on player safety. As the NFL continues to deal with lawsuits from former players who maintain that the NFL did not do enough to protect them during their careers, the league has issued the following statement recently:

“We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue then we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer.”

Adrian Coxson announced his retirement after suffering the affects of a concussion this NFL off-season.

Adrian Coxson announced his retirement after suffering the effects of a concussion this NFL off-season.

The regular season has begun for high school and colleges across the country and the NFL regular season will begin this Thursday. While there is plenty of excitement for the game, there are some who are having a difficult time balancing their desire for entertainment from this collision sport as more information surfaces about the potential for serious injury for those gifted players. Sony Pictures’ upcoming film, Concussion, featuring Will Smith, will depict the hazards of concussions uncovered by a doctor with access to NFL players and the uphill battle he faced in getting the issue addressed.

Hopefully these tragic stories of aspiring NFL players and other young football players like Tyrell Cameron can inspire changes towards a safer but equally entertaining game.

It is unclear if  tragic stories of aspiring NFL players and other young football players like Tyrell Cameron can inspire changes towards a safer but equally entertaining game.

Meanwhile, this past Labor Day, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Adrian Coxson, announced his retirement from football. Coxson expressed grave concerns for his health from a concussion he sustained in practice three weeks earlier. Coxson made this statement to the National Football Post:

“I’m retiring because I’m still having symptoms, and my health is more important to me than the game of football,” Coxson told . “It’s been recommended to me by two neurologists and two doctors to retire from football. This last [hit to my head] could be life-damaging. It has taken a great toll on me. This concussion was a bad one. A Grade 3 concussion is real serious.”

The fans of football and family members of players like Cameron, Turman, and Coxson will continue to support a sport they clearly enjoy. As millions more continue to enjoy football going forward, it is likely that greater safety measures will be implemented to allow  players to avoid  more tragic outcomes.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance professional partnered with HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your free health insurance and life insurance quotes.

Carey Gabay, Gov Cuomo’s staff, critically hurt in pre-carnival gang shootout

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

Carey Gabay, First Deputy Counsel for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

By Carmen Glover

Carey Gabay, 43, First Deputy Counsel for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head at about 3:30 a.m., on Labor Day, as he walked with a group of family and friends on Bedford Avenue, in Brooklyn New York, one block from the route for the West Indian American Day Parade.

Close to two million revelers usually flock to Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn every year to enjoy the variety of Caribbean food, music and costumes in celebration of their cultural pride. But several Caribbean nationals have lost interest in the annual Labor Day parade because of violent incidents that occur during the week-long series of events that culminate in the Labor Day parade. The events are coordinated by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

Heavy police presence is seen at site where Garey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo's First Deputy, was shot in the head.

Heavy police presence is seen at site where Carey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo’s First Deputy Counsel, was shot in the head.

Although Gabay was shot near the parade route, there is no indication that the parade or its organizers had any involvement in the criminal incident. However, the proximity to the parade route tarnishes the reputation of the parade and what it represents.

“It was mortifying man, my best friend got shot,” said Kevin Cummins, as he spoke to a reporter for WABC Channel 7’s Eyewitness New. “We all got up to make sure everyone was okay. I walked around. I saw Carey laying on the floor. I can’t believe it. I started to cry but then his brother was there and he just lost it.”

Cummins described the graphic scene as what appeared to be rival gang members erupted into gunfire, seriously wounding the prominent, Harvard-educated lawyer. “He was down. They shot him when he was down.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's First Deputy Counsel, Garey Gabay, was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head this morning.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s First Deputy Counsel, Carey Gabay, was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head this morning.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Carey Gabay and his family. He’s a wonderful public servant and I am hopeful for a speedy recovery,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

“Everyone should pray because he can come out of it,” Cummins said in appeal for his wounded friend.

Gabay’s wife, who is reportedly pregnant with the couple’s first child, is with other family members praying for him at Kings County Hospital, where he received a blood transfusion and is breathing with the aid of a respirator, according to Cummins.

Governor Cuomo visited Gabay in the hospital before leaving for a one-day business assessment trip to Puerto Rico.–OnPointPress.net.

Have a restful, happy Labor Day, but plan for the future

Happy Labor Day.

Happy Labor Day but as you relax, take time to plan for the future.

The OnPointPress.net family extends Labor Day greetings to all of our readers and supporters.

We hope you will use the day to rest, while making plans to be more productive and successful in the future. As the national unemployment dips to 5.1 percent, we celebrate the strides that President Barack Obama has made, despite opposition from Congress, in strengthening the economy and improving the circumstances for workers.

African-Americans continue to face challenges in obtaining the right employment fit.

African-Americans continue to face challenges in obtaining the right employment fit.

However, across the USA, too many people are working part-time even though they would like to get full-time opportunities. Also, in right to work state like Georgia, too many people are under-employed, underpaid and are compelled to work as independent contractors or in short-term temporary assignments. This trend is most notable in the African-American community.

Employees need job and earning security in order to realistically prepare for the future. For some, this means creating wealth and opportunities by launching their own businesses. Whatever your employment circumstances are on this Labor Day, take some time to be thankful while also plan for the future by utilizing reports on job trends. Happy Labor Day–OnPointPress.net.