WAKEFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) – A 16-year-old Northeast Metro Tech football player is recovering in hospital after being seriously injured in a collision during a junior varsity game in Wakefield on Saturday, officials said.
Emergency teams responding to a report of an unconscious person on the high school football pitch at around 10:30 a.m. provided medical attention to the teenager before the ambulance arrived.
The teenager, whose name has not been released, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is alive and recovering, according to school officials.
“We’re still investigating how it happened, but we know it was during a play,” DiBarri said. “It wasn’t a direct one-on-one injury, at one point his must have made an impact, but we’re not entirely sure.”
The community of Wakefield is now uniting to support the injured player.
“It’s one of your worst days when one of your kids is injured like this, you just hope they are okay,” said parent Joe Zdanowicz, whose two children play football for another team.
Guidance counselors will be available to support the football team and other students in the aftermath of the incident, according to DiBarri.
“At this point, the focus is on prayers for his family and his recovery,” he said.
The game against Saugus High School has been suspended following the incident and an investigation is still ongoing.
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