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Another high school athlete has died this summer

Another high school athlete has died this summer

It’s been two weeks since a Princeton High School soccer player collapsed during conditioning. Ethan Trejo’s death is still under investigation.

Just four days after Trejo’s collapse, on Monday, June 28, a Las Vegas-area athlete “collapsed” during football conditioning, according to the North Las Vegas Police Department. He was later transported to a nearby hospital, UMC Pediatrics.

That young man, Cajetan Nsofor, was 13 years old. He was entering his freshman year at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas. Legacy Hills had practice from 6-8 p.m. that night, according to the school’s athletics calendar.

Nsofor was pronounced dead by the coroner’s office at 7:40 p.m.

A physical exam is required every year under the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA), but neither the NIAA’s handbook nor the Legacy High Athletics parent handbook stipulates if that physical must be completed prior to the start of summer conditioning.

Nsofor’s death is still under investigation by the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner. They are also performing toxicology and histology tests, as well as additional tests if necessary.

One college and one professional athlete recently made headlines after they too collapsed on their playing field. Florida basketball player Keyontae Johnson and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen both collapsed during games this year and lived to tell about it.

However, seven high school football players died in 2020. That doesn’t include deaths like St. Henry soccer player Matthew Mangine Jr., who collapsed last June during conditioning. The cause of his death was listed by the medical examiner as undetermined.

Local 12 is bringing you this update because we’ve made a commitment as part of our project “Athletes AT Risk?” A big part of that commitment is to increase awareness around the lack of health care tools on high school sidelines and the higher number of deaths of high school athletes, especially over the summer.

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