Ricki De La Torre, a junior at Laguna Beach High School and lineman on the varsity football team, was recently put back into play after sustaining a serious injury on the field, a decision that resulted in a staph infection in his muscle and possible bone infection, his mother, Denise, the Football Booster Treasurer, reported to the Laguna Beach Unified School District at Tuesday's board meeting.
"The infection was severe enough to require intravenous antibiotics, hospitalization and a long-term treatment program," she said.
Having personally recorded 25 injuries on the football field so far this year, De La Torre expressed concern about many of these young football players being put back into play without adequate assessment of their injuries, which could result in more serious conditions, even paralysis or death.
She reported that another child was hospitalized last month with a punctured spleen, after sustaining an injury on the field and being diagnosed by the school's athletic trainer as having "bruised ribs." He was put into play three more times after the injury occurred.