Protocol for responding to medical emergencies and injuries at high school sporting events can vary widely depending on where the game took place, the sport being played, and a myriad of other factors. But in much of Connecticut, the presence of an athletic trainer or other medical personnel at most high school level sporting events is not a requirement.
That lack of standards may not change immediately following the death of Teddy Balkind, a 15-year-old college junior hockey player at St. Luke’s in New Canaan. Balkind died Jan. 6 during a game at Brunswick School in Greenwich when his neck was struck by a skate during the game, police say. School and police officials did not detail the immediate medical response to the crash, saying only that he was taken to Greenwich Hospital where he died that night.