POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 11:27am
PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (NBC33) — Those who knew Burke Cobb, and coached him say the news still hasn't settled in. He was described by Lacrosse coaches as energetic, polite, and sweet. They say he was well-liked by all his teammates and coaches.
"I mean he really fit in well. It’s almost like he'd been there for a couple years with these guys. I mean everybody enjoyed him. He was just such a good kid," coach Tiff Neff, Cobb’s lacrosse coach, said.
Neff added the team is already thinking of ways to remember burke in their next season. He said the other boys on the team are taking the news pretty hard, but are supporting each other.
Doctor Gerard Murtagh handles athlete's aches and pains every day, so when he heard news that a young student athlete had suddenly passed away after practice his first reaction was shock.
"It's just a rare event, and that's why it shocks everyone," Dr. Murtagh, a doctor with the Bone and Joint clinic, said.
He speculates that he doesn't think 14year-old Burke Cobb died from any heat related illness, although he spent an afternoon actively engaged in football practice. The doctor feels there are just too many guidelines in place these days for kids to suffer heat stroke.
"They take a lot of precautions. A lot of precautions to avoid heat. I don't think, as much as I know it was not involving heat. We have developed numerous guidelines. Most of the coaches and trainers, they know these things, they attend to it," Dr. Murtagh explained.
Though he wasn't involved in treating the teen, he said the death of a kid this active can usually be pinpointed on a pre-existing condition or a heart defect, something coaches or parents could never see coming.
"One would think, usually in an adolescent population it would be some sort of cardiac event. It’s just highly unusual," Dr. Murtagh said.
Neff said this event has forced them to consider equipping practices with more medical equipment and training coaches for a broader range of medical emergencies.