NC High Schooler Is 5th Athlete To Die In Year

An expert says a freshman basketball player who died this week at a North Carolina school during basketball practice was the fifth high school athlete to die in a year.

Officials said 14-year-old Anthony Dontra Eatmon collapsed and died Monday after a break during practice at Hunt High School in Wilson. No cause of death has been determined.

The News & Observer reported Wednesday that the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Eatmon was the fifth North Carolina high school athlete to die at a game or practice in a year.

Dr. Frederick Mueller is director of the National Center for Catastrophic Injury in Chapel Hill and says he doesn't recall five high school athletes dying in one year in the state.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Coach Hayes Location: Bertie High School on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    We are deeply sadden by the recent incident at your school. We go through with you at this time. Our hearts are with the family,coaches,and players of your school and beyond, in the community.
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 11, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    School rules involving physicals have not changed over recent years. Doctors generally evaluate the patients to see if there are any noticeable ailments that the patient suffers from which may put him/her at risk. Simply having a family history of some type of disease does not eliminate the possibility of a person being able to play a sport because chance could come in so many areas. It's just a risky deal, but it all comes down to the player knowing when enough is enough and the coaches learning to accept that.
  • by kinston Location: kinston on Feb 11, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    are the coaches pushing to hard. Are physicals not required anymore to show that the kids are healthy enough to play and don't have an underlying condition that puts them at risk of death. My kid's summer camp requires that kind of physical every year. Why wouldn't a school? (She will be able to play school sports for the 1st time next year.)
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