Templeton player injured in helmet-to-helmet hits

September 30, 2015
Isaac Lindsey

Isaac Lindsey

An examination of video of a Sept. 18 football game at Templeton High School reveals that Isaac Lindsey was involved in at least three helmet-to-helmet blows before he collapsed suffering from a critical head injury. [Tribune]

Though the exact cause of the injury is still uncertain, video of Lindsey rubbing his head on the sideline before the last play make it likely the injury resulted from a previous blow. After his third helmet-to-helmet blow, Lindsey sat out for two plays.

After setting out, Lindsey went back into the game and had a non-helmet run in with another player. Lindsey then grabbed at his head, ran off the field and collapsed. He was transported to the hospital with a critical head injury.

His doctors at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo upgraded his condition from critical to serious on Sunday. He faces months of rehabilitation and recovery.


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13 Comments

  1. TiaMiaOhMy says:

    Continued wishes for a complete recovery for Isaac and his family for what they have had to endure from people like abigchocoholic and hijinks. Families and students should have the CHOICE to play football or not and other parents who don’t want their kids to play…fine…but don’t inflict your philosophies on the rest of us who feel that sports are not “barbaric”. It’s true, football is not an event of people sitting around singing “Kumbaya” or explaining “their feelings” but it is a sport that involves contact, yes, but other valuable life skills come into play. The players also learn about the aspects of being a “TEAM” and how to work together, the camraderie, the strategies, commitment, dedication and being prepared mentally and physically for their games. I would much rather have my child playing a SPORT even if it’s football, than being a passive, whinning, don’t want to get sweaty – sitting in front of the TV watching the crap that Hollywood produces these days. Friday nights from September early December are highlighted by the stadium lights and families and fans coming out to cheer on these kids, so for those of you who don’t like it…stay home like you always do…don’t need you or your criticism.

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    • abigchocoholic says:

      “Families and students should have the CHOICE to play football or not and other parents who don’t want their kids to play…fine…but don’t inflict your philosophies on the rest of us who feel that sports are not “barbaric”
      —————–
      You just tried to defend football by piggy-backing football on all other sports. Fail. Nobody said anything about all sports. Just football. And you know why you did it, because you can’t defend football so you don’t even try. Much easier to make up a false premise about all sports and start there.

      “The players also learn about the aspects of being a “TEAM” and how to work together, the camraderie, the strategies, commitment, dedication and being prepared mentally and physically for their games.”
      —————
      Again, as if what, they can’t get these skills in soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling, water polo, swimming, diving etc.? And without the brain damage and body damage that they have to carry the rest of their lives just because they got caught up in the hype when in high school or pressured into it for your so called “family” entertainment? Do you and your neighbor get out in the middle of your street and run full speed into each other? Sounds ridiculous, right? But you want your kid to do that. You’re just the one who likes to watch people try and hurt other people because that’s your idea of entertainment.

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    • smile4thecamera says:

      Do you worry though that the team players are being instructed to use their helmets in this manner? I mean, I wonder what the coaches are doing to stop this type of behavior resulting in these extremely serious injuries.

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      • r0y says:

        I’m fairly certain they do not, it is supposed to not be allowed in the game. I know in the YFL here, the SLO coaches were pretty strict against using the helmet to charge in, etc. Refs also called the penalty.

        It’s also been banned in the NFL / NCAA for years, so it’s use would risk game-penalties (something that is usually not encouraged). Again, most refs will call them and the penalty is often HUGE (15-yards – same as unnecessary roughness / unsportsmanlike conduct / personal foul / etc).

        Still, it is hard for a ref (or coaching staff) to see all hits since many often happen at once, so having some get through is not unheard of.

        That all said, if this kid had THREE (3) HtH hits in the game, it really is on HIM or (if they need to pass the buck) the coaching staff for not clamping down on it.

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  2. C.V. says:

    I pray for the player’s recovery from this trauma.
    It shall be the death nail for high school football as the helmet has become a weapon with deadly consequences. These injuries cause CTE long term. A medical fact. The helmet not only “protects” ones head, it delivers the crushing helmet to helmet damage that otherwise The NFL has bought into a $1 Billion policy to protect their shield and the Owner’s checkbooks. It is their goose that lays their golden egg annually. You’d do the same to protect your investment. But, high schools are only in it for the sport.
    Pop Warner is dying, HS football is too. The liability claims will sound the final whistle and it will be game over.
    This is just sad on many levels… I was a five star HS athlete and really do love the game. The multiple helmet to helmet blows are now showing up 42 years later.
    We must protect the innocent. They know not what they’re doing.

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  3. SamLouis says:

    Sounds like sexist whining to me.

    Football has been played at the high school level for more than 75 years. Perhaps there needs to be tighter rules to off-set the dangers caused ironically by improved safety gear which makes players feel invulnerable? More like old time football best exemplified by rugby today?

    What it doesn’t need is to cut football to make sexists feel better about themselves and their daughters.

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    • abigchocoholic says:

      Sami,

      use your brains if you have any. Football is about people running and crashing into each other at top speed. Every single kid who plays football gets brain damage. It’s only a matter of how much brain damage. People aren’t big horn sheep. People’s brains cannot handle the damage football does to them. The sport is barbaric. It’s certainly not suited for children.

      That’s just fact. And it remains fact no matter how much you try to feminize not playing football. Think about your logic–“Awe quit being a sissy and get out there and throw your entire body into someone at top speed. Show us you’re a real man.”

      Get real.

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      • r0y says:

        They could always sit at home and watch television, I’m sure that’s just wonderful on the brain. Maybe even talk on the cellphone while watching TV…

        Point is: we do a LOT of crap to our brains, bodies, and spirits. All the time. It’s called life. Some people just get off on risk-taking, others get off on telling people what they can and cannot (or should and should not) do.

        Go figure.

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        • abigchocoholic says:

          They could always sit at home and watch television, I’m sure that’s just wonderful on the brain
          ——————
          So those are the two options in life? Run at someone full speed and throw your body into them or sit home and watch TV? So ridiculous it doesn’t deserve a response.

          Point is: we do a LOT of crap to our brains, bodies, and spirits.
          ——————–
          Point is–No We Don’t. Football is the only high school sport where people run into each other at fool speed and try and blindside others with vicious hits. There is no other high school sport where everyone on the team gets brain damage. Being the only sport that does that is pretty exclusive, by definition.

          There’s a world of difference in, for example, letting an adult sky dive by not making it illegal v. encouraging our minor children to play a school sport where brain damage is a near certainty.

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  4. ToHellinaHandBasket says:

    Go Isaac!…Go!

    The Lord Jesus Christ give you and your family much needed strength and comfort during this most uncomforatble time.

    God bless you and yours……

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  5. SamLouis says:

    I pray this young man’s recovery continues. May God be with him and his family during this very difficult time…

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  6. hijinks says:

    It’s time local schools caught up with much of the rest of the nation and cut high school football. It’s just too dangerous, and the huge amount of money could better be spent on other sports, including those girls can play. See

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/sports/football/As-Worries-Rise-and-Players-Flee-a-Missouri-School-Board-Cuts-Football.html?_r=0

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    • pasoparent5 says:

      .

      “Much of the rest of the nation” has NOT cut high school football.

      Do some research. Check your facts. One NY Times article doesn’t suffice.

      Regardless of one’s view of HS football, false assertions should not be made.

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