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David P. Dillard
09-06-2002, 12:09 AM
It is very sad that a promising young life was taken as the result of
injury to the brain of a young girl who played football along with many
other activities. This tragedy may serve to intensify investigation and
research into the safety of youth contact sports.


Girl dies after collapsing at football practice
By Martha Irvine, The Associated Press

Little got in the way of Taylor Davison, a 10-year-old Girl Scout and avid
horseback rider who was good at math and science and the only girl on her
football team.

Last week, Taylor left practice complaining of a headache and collapsed as
she walked off the field with her coach. Three days later, she was dead.

Medical examiners say Taylor died Monday of a blow to the head that led to
a blood clot on the right side of her brain, possibly caused by a tackle
at a full-contact practice three days before her collapse.


Family Says Girl's Death An Accident
Thursday September 5, 2002 8:50 AM

BARTLETT, Ill. (AP) - Relatives of a 10-year-old girl who collapsed at a
football practice said her death was a tragic accident, even as experts
debated the safety of contact football for children.

Family spokesman Peggy Lawson, an aunt of the girl, Taylor Davison, said
she has no qualms about children playing tackle football.

``It was just an unfortunate thing that happened to her. I wouldn't
discourage any of them from playing football,'' Lawson said Wednesday
outside the family's home in suburban Chicago. She said Taylor, a Girl
Scout who was the only girl on her youth football team, was ``an
'I-can-do-anything' kind of girl.''


Young Baseball, Football Players at Risk of Injury
Thu Sep 5, 2:42 PM ET
By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who participate in little league
baseball or other youth sports may not be engaging in harmless fun, new
study findings show. Young athletes, particularly football players, do
sometimes face serious injury risks, researchers report.

The death this week of 10-year-old Taylor Davison, the only girl on her
Chicago-area school football league, may serve to highlight the risks
inherent in little league sports. According to a report in the New York
Times, Davison collapsed during football practice on Friday and died
Monday. Medical examiners believe her death may have been linked to a
blood clot to the head incurred during a full-body tackle three days prior
to her collapse.

"Children are getting injured in youth sport participation, especially
youth football, (and) the injuries and severity are often unrecognized and
thus may be mis-managed," study author Dr. Scott M. Lephart of the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) Center for Sports
Medicine told Reuters Health.


The full stories may be read at the URLs above.

David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584

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