Safety on the field football
Updated: 09/17/2013 5:59 PM
Created: 09/17/2013 5:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit
Safety on the football field. There are concerns over helmet to helmet hits after a teenager from western New York died.
Sixteen-year-old Damon Janes passed away Monday afternoon. The helmet-to-helmet collision happened during a game last Friday night. Janes played for Brocton-Westfield, near Fredonia. He suffered severe head trauma, but the exact cause of death is still under investigation.
People are in disbelief. Throughout the country, football related deaths are becoming more common, but never before in western New York until Monday night.
Gates Chili Head Football Coach Jason Benham stresses the importance of education and teaches his players the proper technique of tackling, which is never leading with the helmet. At the first week of practice every year, the team goes over safety measures.
Benham says the process starts in Pop Warner Football and needs to continue throughout every level of play.
Gates running back Myles McFadden brings up a couple of concerns today. He worries about newcomers to the sport that don't have proper technique and with a game that moves so fast, anyone can make a mistake.
Click play on the video player to see Justin Granit's interview with Benham, McFadden and Dr. Anthony Petraglia, neurosurgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center.