SIKESTON -- A Scott County Central High School junior is recovering today after suffering a head injury during basketball practice Thursday afternoon.
The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. during junior varsity boys basketball practice in the high school gymnasium.
"He was going up for a rebound, and his feet got bumped in mid-air and knocked out from under him," superintendent Dr. Joby Holland explained. Holland said the teen's arm and then head hit the floor, and the boy went into some type of seizure activity after the fall. A phone call to 911 was made and emergency personnel arrived shortly.
However, the teen was conscious and alert by the time his parents and grandparents arrived at the scene, Holland said.
"Once we knew the young man was doing well and responding to us and talking with us about how he fell, the concern turned to the parents, who were trying to get there. And that's a real concern for parents -- the welfare of your child," Holland said.
The teen was transported by helicopter to a Cape Girardeau hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation and was released this morning.
"All the tests came back normal. All of his vital signs were good," said Holland, who spoke with the teen's mother early today.
Holland commended everyone who helped in the situation including the school staff and emergency personnel.
"From the coaches to the principals and students who were here, everybody reacted quickly and promptly," Holland said. "We were able to make contact through 911, and everybody handled it very good."