Cheerleader airlifted at game not seriously injured

September 12, 2004|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF

A Glenelg High School cheerleader who injured herself Friday night during a football game and was airlifted to a hospital was not seriously injured, school officials said yesterday.

The name of the cheerleader, a junior at Glenelg, was unavailable last night, but a Howard County school official said the girl suffered a head injury during a "low-level stunt."

"I'm sure she's going to be OK," said Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletics. "She hit the back of her head and was knocked unconscious."

Disney said the injury occurred halfway through the fourth quarter of a game between Glenelg and Howard high schools.

The game was stopped for at least 20 minutes while the girl was loaded onto a helicopter that landed in the middle of the Howard High School football field, said Mike Williams, Glenelg's athletic director.

He said she regained consciousness and was able to recognize people. He said the airlift to Maryland Shock Trauma Center was "precautionary." Spokespeople for the hospital were unavailable for comment.

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