Student Dies After Collapsing at River Bluff High School Football Practice

Student Dies After Collapsing at River Bluff High School Football PracticeLEXINGTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA – The unidentified student, a 14-year-old sophomore, collapsed during drills Wednesday and later died, school officials said, adding that players took water breaks every 15-20 minutes during practice.

A student at River Bluff High School in Lexington County has died after collapsing on the football field Wednesday evening during practice, according to officials.

The Lexington County Coroner’s Office has identified the teen as Lewis N. Simpkins, 14. An autopsy has been scheduled for later today to determine the cause of death.

Lexington County School District 1 released a statement Wednesday night saying two athletic trainers and a coach assisted Simpkins, a 14-year-old sophomore, when he collapsed on the football field during practice. The district says medical treatment, including CPR and the use of an AED defibrillator, was given to the Simpkins.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to a local hospital.

Practice started at 5 p.m. and lasted outside for about two hours and 15 minutes. The district says the players took regular water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes in which the players were required to leave the field and drink water.

Two to three athletic trainers are on the site at all times to help monitor the athletes and make sure they take their water breaks.

The district says River Bluff coaches and administrators are in contact with the football players and their parents to keep them updated.

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