The death of a Alto (Texas) football player is being attributed to an aneurysm, according to a school district official.
Cam’ron Matthews died Saturday after collapsing on the sideline during Friday night’s game against Carlisle (Price, Texas).
According to multiple reports, School Superintendent Kerry Birdwell said the school’s athletic director was with the family when a doctor informed them of the diagnosis. Birdwell said the doctor told the family that the aneurysm might not have been football related.
An aneurysm is a blood-filled bulge in a blood vessel wall that can rupture. Whether a specific event precipitated the rupture is unclear. The warning signs for aneurysms are so vague that they could be mistaken for a concussion.
“A lot of it comes down to the kids, but we have to change this policy of ‘suck it up, man up, no pain no gain.’ Because there are times when pain is a very bad thing, and it’s our only indicator that a problem is going on that needs further testing,” said Cathy Fleseler, primary care sports medicine told KLTV in Texas.
Students returned to school Monday.
“When we started school this morning it was what you would expect; there were a lot of kids that were visibly shaken,” Birdwell told KTRE.com. “You never heard the halls that quiet, ever.”
“A lot of people have been crying, missing him,” Christopher Jackson, an Alto football player, told KTRE.com. “They’re telling us he’s in a better place and God took him for a reason.”
Birdwell said as of now the school intends to play this week’s game against Cayuga as scheduled.