High School Football Player, 15, Dies After Collapsing at First Day of Practice in Georgia

A 15-year-old high school football player died after collapsing on his first day of practice in Georgia.

Bibb County school district officials say Joshua Ivory Jr., a student at Southwest High School in Macon, went into distress Monday, prompting coaches to call an ambulance.

He was rushed to a local hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at around 10:30 p.m., Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Monday was the first day of practice for teams statewide.

Rules call for a five-day period for players to get used to heat and physical exertion while practicing in shorts and helmets.

The first five practices are limited to two hours each, and players are not allowed to wear any protective equipment besides a helmet and mouth guard, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

August 2 is the first day players can practice in pads.

The practice started at 6 p.m., according to The Telegraph of Macon, when the temperature was about 94 degrees, but felt like 100. According to the National Weather Service, Macon reached a high of 97 Monday before 4 p.m.

It remains unclear whether his death was heat-related; no cause of death was released and an autopsy is planned.

Bibb County schools Athletic Director Barney Hester told WMAZ, however, that Ivory took frequent water breaks, and the school was following all Georgia High School Association precautions for summer afternoon practice, including frequent breaks for the players and a tent for players to cool off.

Each of the players also was required to get a physical examination before they were allowed to play, WMAZ reports.

According to the coroner, Ivory’s family said he had no history of medical issues, and went for a run every morning, NBC 41 reports.

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Source: By Melissa Koenig for Dailymail.com and Associated Press