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Evan Murray’s death is tragic, but he’s the third high school football player in the country to die this year.

“You question your safety on Friday nights,” Zachary Standifur said.

Zachary Standifur plays both sides of the ball for the Princeton Tigers. He knows the risks, but trusts his coaches. He knows athlete’s safety is the top priority for them and the trainers.

“Once we get a kid that shows any symptoms of anything we pull them out and we get them to the trainer immediately and we’re going to play everything on the safe side,” Wes Eddy, the Head Coach at Princeton Senior High School said.

For Coach Eddy, this issue hits home.

“A couple years ago, I know the coach at South Harrison in this state and he had a student athlete that was in a similar situation like that so that definitely from that day on everyone was airing on the side of caution,” Eddy said.

So we took a closer look to see if your children’s equipment is up-to-date and safe. Dr. Stefan Duma is a professor and head of the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. He oversees helmet research testing.

“If you look at the past 10 to 20 years have come a long way,” Dr. Duma said.

It’s not just helmets – shoulder and knee pads, back braces, and collars are now more advanced. But even with the newest equipment, Duma said Murray’s death is an anatomical rarity.

“He had an enlarged spleen and something like that predisposes him to injury risk,” he said.


Coach Eddy says his players are equipped with the most up-to-date equipment. If you would like to see how your child’s helmet ranks on Doctor Dumas’ list, please click on the link below.

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