A professional soccer player in Croatia died on the field last weekend. His injury and death provide an important message for athletes, their coaches and parents, and anyone who runs a league or sports organization.
Bruno Boban, a forward for NK Marsonia in Croatia’s third-tier league, was struck in the chest by a ball in the opening minutes of his team’s game Saturday. He jogged for several seconds before collapsing to the ground.
A referee signaled for medical personnel, who tried for 40 minutes to revive him. The medics pronounced Boban dead on the pitch.