Student Well-Being

High School Football Player Dies From Head Injury in N.Y.

By Bryan Toporek — October 17, 2011 1 min read
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A seemingly routine play turned quickly tragic on Friday night in Phoenix, N.Y., as a student-athlete was declared dead roughly two hours after sustaining a head injury during a high school football game.

Ridge Barden, a 16-year-old junior at John C. Birdlebough High School, got his first varsity start on Friday night as a defensive tackle. In the third quarter, with the opposing Homer High School nearing the end zone, the Homer team ran a routine run play on third down and got stuffed short of the goal line.


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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.