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File #: Res 0505-2014    Version: * Name: Public School Athletic League (PSAL) to provide a medical professional and an ambulance for High School Football games as well as practices in NYC.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 12/8/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) to provide a medical professional and an ambulance for High School Football games as well as practices in New York City.
Sponsors: Deborah L. Rose, Margaret S. Chin, Mathieu Eugene, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma
Council Member Sponsors: 5
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12/31/2017*Deborah L. Rose City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
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12/8/2014*Deborah L. Rose City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 505

 

Resolution calling upon the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) to provide a medical professional and an ambulance for High School Football games as well as practices in New York City.

 

By Council Members Rose, Chin, Eugene, Mendez and Palma

 

Whereas, On Labor Day, September 1, 2014, a high school football player from Staten Island, Miles Kirland-Thomas, who played on the Curtis High School varsity squad, died after collapsing at a morning football practice; and

Whereas, As reported on SILive.com, Mr. Kirkland-Thomas reportedly collapsed after doing wind sprints on the practice field during the hot and humid morning practice; and

Whereas, SILive.com further reported that, at the time of Mr. Kirkland-Thomas’s death and as is currently the case, the PSAL requires the cessation of all exercise if the temperature reaches 85 degrees and the humidity reached 80 percent; and

Whereas, On the morning of Mr. Kirland-Thomas’s death, both the humidity and temperature were lower than that which would have necessitated ending the practice session, illustrating that under any circumstances severe and fatal events occur, especially during football games; and

Whereas, To underscore the extent a tragedy like this has on a family one need only read the words of Miles’ mother, who said “This is the worst feeling that you can have in your life…I don’t wish this on anybody.”; and

 

 

Whereas, As reported in the Daily News, two years ago another Staten Island High School football player, Nicholas Dellaventura, 15 years of age, also collapsed and died following a workout; and

Whereas, According to a report by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, deaths in football are “rare but tragic events,” with 17 direct and indirect deaths during the 2013 football season out of approximately 1.1 million high school players; and

Whereas, As reported on CNN on October 7, 2014, “while there is debate over whether football has become too dangerous for our children knowing what we know now, it’s clear there’s agreement on a key way to help keep our kids safe; making sure safety is the top focus”; and

Whereas, It cannot be argued that the best way to avoid serious consequences from an injury is the immediacy of the medical care; and

Whereas, Even one preventable death is one too many, and clearly an available ambulance at a football game or practice would eliminate the time for a seriously injured or ill player to reach a hospital’s emergency department; and;

Whereas, There can be no greater respect shown the family of Miles Kirkland-Thomas than the policy change proposed herein, that will likely prevent the deaths of other children; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Public School Athletic League to provide a medical professional and an ambulance for High School Football games as well as practices.

 

 

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