High School Student Dies After Log Falls on Him During Football Drill

A high propagandize football actor lifting a vast record with teammates as partial of a Navy SEALs-style cavalcade was strike in a conduct by a record and died Thursday, lifting questions about bettering such troops training to immature athletes.

Joshua Mileto, a 16-year-old Sachem East High School junior, and about 5 of his teammates were carrying a record beyond when a collision happened during a preseason practice stay supervised by a half-dozen coaches, Suffolk County military said.

The 5-foot-6, 134-pound far-reaching receiver and defensive behind was announced passed after during a hospital.

Sachem East connoisseur Carlin Schledorn, who played football as a junior, pronounced carrying a record — about 12 feet (3.7 meters) prolonged and a hole of a application stick — was a “team building” exercise.

“It’s unequivocally big. It’s like a tree, and it’s a plea for people who weightlift,” he said. “Five or 6 people do it during once. we feel horrific for a group and coaches since we know them, and they are all good men.”

School officials, including a conduct coach, did not criticism on a exercise.

A chairman during Mileto’s home declined to pronounce with reporters.

Classmate Olivia Cassereli pronounced Mileto “cared about everybody else.”

“He put others before himself, and everybody desired him and was friends with him,” pronounced Cassereli, who called him her best friend.

Some colleges and other high schools around a nation have incorporated log-carrying drills and other military-inspired exercises into their football preparations in new years, infrequently bringing in SEALs to learn and motivate.

Players during Indiana’s New Albany High School teamed adult final month to receptacle 6-foot-long, 200-pound logs 2 miles from a internal amphitheater to a school.

SEALs and Green Berets lerned a players initial on how to lift a logs and lift them on their shoulders, manager Steve Cooley said. Accompanied by coaches and a military escort, a groups paused for H2O and put a logs down any one or dual blocks, and any six-person patrol had an additional male who could underling in if someone got tired.

“The purpose was not to try to see how tough they are … a purpose was to accomplish a goal,” Cooley said. “It was unequivocally rewarding for all of us.”

But after Mileto’s genocide on Thursday, sports reserve consultant Douglas Casa questioned a knowledge of carrying teenagers perform an practice that involves carrying a complicated intent and that was grown for Navy SEALs, “potentially a unequivocally opposite clientele.”

“There’s so most intensity for things to go wrong that we would unequivocally wish people to consider twice before doing something like that,” pronounced Casa, executive executive of a University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute, that works to urge reserve for athletes.

Football, during all levels, has turn some-more safety-conscious in new years amid inspection of conduct injuries in a sport. In college football, for instance, a NCAA this year barred a two-a-day strike practices that coaches once used to harden adult their teams in a preseason, yet many teams had finished them already.

For high schools in Suffolk County, offseason practices are available as prolonged as they are not mandated and are open to everyone, pronounced Tom Combs, executive executive of a jaunty classification that oversees high propagandize sports in a county.

“What exercises that are conducted are a arcane of a propagandize district and people using a workouts,” he said.

In an separate incident, another actor fell and strike his conduct Wednesday during a propagandize during training, military said. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Sachem Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Graham extended condolences to Mileto’s family and friends and pronounced support services will be offering “for as prolonged as needed.”

The team’s training strictly starts Monday, and a football deteriorate starts in September.

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