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Football player airlifted after suffering head injury (UPDATE) / September 12, 2017
A student with the Park View High School jayvee football team was airlifted on the spot to undergo medical treatment in Richmond after taking a blow to the head during Monday night’s game between Park View and Bluestone in South Hill.

The youth, identified as Davion Robinson, is being treated at VCU-MCV medical center in Richmond after being med-flighted from the softball field next to Park View’s football stadium. He is believed to have suffered a concussion.

According to Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols, who reviewed the game film of the play, the hit that caused the injury was a clean play. Nichols said he reviewed game video filmed from the Park View press box and it showed the Park View defender breaking through the Bluestone line before encountering a Baron blocker.

“It was not like an offensive-defensive head-to-head [hit],” said Nichols of the hit that injured Robinson. “The player was blocked in what looked like an appropriate way.”

Nichols said he has been informed that Robinson had suffered a concussion and could soon be released from MCV-VCU medical center.

Robinson was conscious throughout the episode, from the moment he went down in the field to the time it took to bring in ambulances and rush him to Richmond. Nichols said the decision to call in the medevac helicopter was made because head injury patients brought in at the local hospital are typically airlifted to Richmond soon afterwards.

Robinson “went down and they were able to get medical attention very quickly to him, and immediately began looking at him with the idea it could be a concussion,” said Nichols.

The injury took place in the fourth quarter of the game with Bluestone driving towards the goal line. The game was called after Robinson’s injury.

He was transported from the field by ambulance to the lower softball field at PVHS, where EMS, fire and law enforcement personnel were gathered. The player was accompanied by his mother on the flight to Richmond.

After Robinson went down, the Park View team staff came out on the field to assess his condition. He was carried to the bench by one of the coaches and appeared woozy but conscious, but then his state seems to have deteriorated. The rush of rescue personnel onto the field set off a chaotic reaction among spectators gathered nearby, according to witnesses.

As the player was loaded onto the chopper in a back brace and “C” collar, a local first responder said that the young man was alert, aware of his surroundings, and cognizant of teammates and coaches but had no memory of the injury.

The in-game emergency comes almost three years after the death of Jamond Salley, a Park View varsity football player who died of head injuries sustained in a game with Brunswick High School in Lawrenceville. Salley, a star member of the Dragon football team, died of blunt force trauma to the head sustained during the game. Video of the contest did not show a clear moment when Salley was injured on the field. He collapsed at halftime during the Oct. 17, 2014 game and died later that evening in a local hospital after EMS personnel were unable to stabilize him for air transport to Richmond.

Nichols said that Park View players wear helmets that were purchased in 2015 and that incorporate new technologies to protect players from head injuries. The helmets are regularly inspected to ensure their integrity, he said.

The coaching staff inspected the helmet used in the hit and found nothing to suggest that the player had taken a shot to the head. “I just know that was something in question last night and I don’t think they found anything to indicate that at that point,” said Nichols.

School officials are interviewing coaches and players about the circumstances of the play and “we’re collecting all that data,” said Nichols.

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