Headmaster: Cause Of HS Student’s Collapse Appears Unrelated To Football

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – St. Thomas Academy’s headmaster, Matt Mohs, said the reason for the student’s collapse at Friday night football practice appears to be unrelated to football.

The high school sophomore collapsed as the team was stretching at the end of a light practice.

The team’s doctor is also an assistant coach and immediately tended to the player. Chest compressions had to be started and a defibrillator was used to restart his heart.

He was taken to the hospital and has been making progress since Saturday evening.

Mohs said on Sunday that the student was responsive, talking some and progressing beyond what the doctors had thought.

Team officials said they feel “very positive” about the player’s progression.

Mohs said while it is still too soon to know exactly what caused the incident, it did appear to be unrelated to a “football-specific activity.”

The name of the student and the cause of the collapse have not been released.

Saint Thomas Academy is an all-male, Roman Catholic, college preparatory military high school.

Mohs said the school is reviewing their plans for when incidents such as this occur and are providing additional training for staff moving forward.

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