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I I In ROMNEY RYAN FOLLOWING A BRIEF RETURN TO IC~, VISITING FOOTBALL PLAYER DAX MCGREGOR IS IN A REHAB HOSPITAL BY CHARLES M. KELLY The visiting high school quar- terback who suffered a brain in- jury during an Avalon game is out of ICU and has been moved to a rehabilitation facility, according to a blog by a family friend. Dax Ryan McGregor, 17, has been moved to Rancho Los Ami- gos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, according to a Mon- day, Oct. 22, post by Sheri Zastoke at giveforward.com. "Keep praying for him. He is in an excellent facility. Shannon and the family want to express their deepest gratitude to everyone who has helped along this journey," Za- stoke wrote. Shannon McGregor is Dax Mc- Gregor's mother. This was good news for the McGregor family. AS previously reported in the Islander, McGregor suffered a setback when he was re- turned to the ICU on Oct. 9 for a large blood clot. "However, I can see he is im- Dax Ryan McGregor above was the quarter- back for Wildomar Cornerstone Christian High School when he was injured. At right, is a scene from the Avalon High School Homecoming game in which McGregor was injured. proving after all of the other is- sues he has had with the brain and the lungs--on top of all that, he aquired a very long blood clot that reaches from the top of his left side of his neck, down to the lower part of his left arm," wrote Shannon McGregor on Oct. 12 at giveforward.com. Dax McGregor was tackled three or four times during the Fri- day night, Sept. 21, Avalon High School homecoming game, ac, cording to Jennifer Leonhardi, office manager of the Catalina Islander. Leonhardi attended-part of the game to shoot some video. Her mother was the family nurse practitioner for the game. "After the halftime show, the teams took the field again and on the first play where our team was on defense, they sacked the oppos- ing team's quarterback pretty hard (for the third or fourth time in this game)," Leonhardi said. "The boy stood up and jogged over to his coach on the sidelines. After a couple of minutes he walked up to his coach and said he didn't feel well, took off his helmet and started walking away from the field," Leonhardi said. Her mother, Karla Parsons, at- tends every game and treats both Avalon Lancers and visiting play- ers. Parsons declined to comment on the incident. McGregor was medivaced to the mainland and treated at OCLA Harbor General Hospital. He was released from ICU, according to an Oct. 7 blog post by Zastoke and Tracy Saunders. Unfortunately, he was sent back to ICU according to an Oct. 9 blog post by Zastoke. Brain injuries and football Concern about football-related brain injuries has been growing. In earl/ September, the National Football League gave a $30 mil- lion grant to the National Insti- tutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the problem. The National Athletic Trainer's Association has also studied the subject in a report called "Head Impacts During High School Football: A Biomechanical As- sessment." "In a given year, 3.6 percent to 5.6 percent of the 1.2 million in- terscholastic football athletes sus- tain concussions, corresponding to an estimated 43,200 to 67,200 risk of brain damage, the risk of injuries, immediate death from playing the The true injury incidence" is game appears to be low. likely much higher, because 53 The Reuters' story, released the percent of concussed high school day before Dax McGregor was in- athletes are suspected of not re- jured, said only two out of 1.1 mil- porting their injuries to medical lion high school football players personnel, died of brain injuries in 2011. Despite the fact that the great- The same figure was reported est number of concussions occur in the "Annual Survey of Football in high school football players, Injury Research," 1931-2011. The our present understanding of the survey is produced every year for injury has focused on collegiate the American Football Coaches and professional athletes," wrote Association and is available on- authors Steven P Broglio, PhD; line at the website for the National Jacob J Sosnoff, PhD; SungHoon Center for Catastrophic Sport In- Shin, MS, Xuming He, PhD; jury Research. Christopher A!caraz, MD, and In addition to many private JerradZimmerman, MD. donations made to the family A study by the National Insti- through the fundraising website, tute of Occupational Safety and several recent fundraising events Health of 3,400formerprofession- have taken place to help the al football players concluded that McGregor family. . NFL players were four times more On Oct. 3 the owners Of 3 likely to die of Alzheimber's Dis- Palms Arcade donated 50% of ease or ALS (also known as Lou bowling and 20%of food sales Gerhig's Disease) than the rest of from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. the population. During this past Thursday eve- According to Reuters' news ning's Fall Festival, a group of Service, 48 of the 50 states have local women had a booth selling passed laws to protect young foot- food and raffle tickets for prizes, ball players from brain injuries, and raised over $2,000 for the The good news is that while family. I football players may be at higher n addition, the local cub scouts raised $242 for Dax and his fam- ily during the fall fest event. The gi~,eforward.com website has set a goal of raising $25,000 for the McGregor family. So far, as of Wednesday, Oct. 24, the website hasraised $21.455. 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