Jan 14, 2013
Coach Calls For Physical Evaluation Changes After Player’s Death

The Buford School District has been hit hard this week, after losing yet another student athlete.

Seventh grader Jeremy Nelson was playing in a rec league all-star basketball game with the Gwinnett Basketball League Saturday night when he suddenly collapsed.

The 12-year-old died a short time later the hospital.

The county medical examiner has ruled the cause natural, saying pulmonary edema took his life. The family has requested an autopsy to determine what caused that fluid to build up in his lung.

But Nelson’s longtime coach is calling for a change in the required physical evaluation. He says the Gwinnett Basketball League uses the standard physical form mandated by Georgia High School Association, but believes an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) should be required.

“I would say there do need to be some changes, he said. Beyond the basic physical, you cannot necessarily determine an irregular heartbeat.”

The idea has been raised before, and medical experts are split. Some question the accuracy of such an exam and worry it would yield too many false positive results, giving parents an unnecessary scare and leading to further, more expensive testing.

Jeremy’s father, Herbert Nelson, says too many teens have died in the past year from heart related problems. Once he knows exactly what killed his son, he wants to find a way to make the athletic physicals more informative.

“We’ve talked to people already about heart scanning, we’re going to do fairs, said Nelson.

Nelson says he’s been touched with the outpouring of love and support for his son and family.

, Coach Calls For Physical Evaluation Changes After Player’s Death

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The Buford School District has been hit hard this week, after losing yet another student athlete.

Seventh grader Jeremy Nelson was playing in a rec league all-star basketball game with the Gwinnett Basketball League Saturday night when he suddenly collapsed.

The 12-year-old died a short time later the hospital.

The county medical examiner has ruled the cause natural, saying pulmonary edema took his life. The family has requested an autopsy to determine what caused that fluid to build up in his lung.

But Nelson’s longtime coach is calling for a change in the required physical evaluation. He says the Gwinnett Basketball League uses the standard physical form mandated by Georgia High School Association, but believes an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) should be required.

I would say there do need to be some changes, he said. Beyond the basic physical, you cannot necessarily determine an irregular heartbeat.”

The idea has been raised before, and medical experts are split. Some question the accuracy of such an exam and worry it would yield too many false positive results, giving parents an unnecessary scare and leading to further, more expensive testing.

Jeremy’s father, Herbert Nelson, says too many teens have died in the past year from heart related problems. Once he knows exactly what killed his son, he wants to find a way to make the athletic physicals more informative.

“We’ve talked to people already about heart scanning, we’re going to do fairs, ” said Nelson.

Nelson says he’s been touched with the outpouring of love and support for his son and family.






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