Former Loyola coach in hot water after several players admitted to hospital during training camp

Former Loyola coach Jeff Kearnin is feeling the heat in Oregon. This is a must read, bringing up the age-old question of whether coaches are pushing players too hard in training camp, which have gone from two-a-days, to three-a-days and so forth. Some players, parents and administrators are speaking out, alleging Kearnin pushed them over the edge. Seven high school athletes were rushed to the hospital during a football camp in McMinnville, including three who had to undergo emergency surgery, district officials confirmed Thursday.

“It’s heart-breaking,” injured player Greg Cordie told KGW from his hospital bed. “I love this game. He pushed us too hard, and here we are.” …

“We’re as concerned as they are,” said Superintendent Maryalice Russell. “I mean, there’s no reason why we want any student to have to take a visit to the hospital as a result of what may happen in a football camp or any other camp for that matter.”

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  • Can’t understand why this is occurring, today.

    During my high school years i.e., 1981-85, you never heard of any athlete being pushed to hard. Our workouts were hard (regardless of the sport) -more so because we didn’t want to do them, not because of the conditioning program.

    Our “camp” or “two a days” or whatever was always molded after safety first i.e. you do not have to ask for a water break “stay hydrated” or “you know your limits, take a break when needed. But do not abuse the privilege.”

    Starting to feel like there’s a disconnect between coaches expectations and athlete safety; one is definitely more important than the other.

    Laurence Todd

  • problem areas

    One of the huge problems are the supplements the kids take, they’re pushing themselves further than their body should go. These energy supplements to help you work out or work out harder have the reverse affect. In the old days, you didn’t take anything but water, and when you were tired, your body told you so. Today, you don’t get tired because of the quick fix energy pills and drinks kids put in their bodies.

  • You know, “problem areas” you make an excellent point. Not sure that is something that is discussed or addressed at this level of play. Again, very good point.

    Laurence Todd

  • socalfootball fan

    Sounds like the coach is in big trouble and hopefully the players will recover without any significan injury to the blood vessels or nerves. I have seen compartment syndrome secondary to major trauma or post-op complicatios. I have not seen compartment syndromw from heat related causes. Anabolic steroids have been associated with compartment syndrome.
    When you damage the muscle(Rhabdomyolysis) the myoglobin released can cause acute renal failure and you may need dialysis. Once the investigation is complete look for Coach Kearnin to be fired.

  • reality

    The President: Way to easy to throw rocks from your lofty throne,talking about a disconnect between coaches and athletes. Yeah, lets not wait for the facts to come in but lets paint all coaches as unfeeling ego-maniacs that don’t care a hoot about their boys but only about their won-loss records. Talk about a rush to judgement, what a blowhard.

  • Pink Elephant

    This issue does hit the fringe of an increasing, potentially deadly problem that is creeping “more prominantly” into High School sports – Masked Steriod use by our children. Some of these “supplements” available to yours, mine, our children have the potential to cause irreversable side effects and long term health issues way beyond their “bulking up” to play days of HS. In fact this abuse can become necessary to compete as they move on through college. The kids are taking “supplements” to get stronger and bigger. Please don’t kid yourself into thinking that you know everything your kids are taking because some players don’t even tell their parents what they are taking. If you are the Parent of an Athlete, do your homework! If you see that your kid is taking supplements, do some research and find out what he is really taking and the potential effects it will have on him/her. There are many body building websites to help you out. Just a cautionary tale from a parent who knows. Do you think High School Students will ever be required to test for steroid or baned substance abuse? Thought?

  • “Reality” My comments i.e. “Starting to feel like there’s a disconnect between coaches expectations and athlete safety; one is definitely more important than the other.” did not attack or place the blame on any coach.

    In fact, if you read the article, a player was quoted as saying, in part “He (the coached)pushed us to hard.” Whether or not that was actual or a perception, is a fact issue. Which was the point of my comment; specifically, whether or not the “coaches expectation” trumps “athlete safety” because as we all know, young athletes aim to please he/she who has the power (coach) to select those who play and those who don’t.

    So, the “pushing to hard” may have, in fact, been a perception of a few, maybe even those that day, not necessarily a physical act or intention of the coach. Hence my statement, a disconnect between coaches expectation and athlete safety. Albeit, in many cases that “disconnection” comes from both coach and athlete; however, the only problem is one is supposed to know better and the other has to learn to be honest about limitations (i.e. you either have it or you don’t) and knowing when its time to throw in the towel. In this blowhards simple opinion, one of the two has to connect; failure, as demonstrated by this tradegy and many that preceded it, is and can not be an option.

    Time, and the apparent investigation, will tell.

    Laurence Todd

  • reality

    Pres. I believe your being disingenuous. You said your camp in the 1980’s was “safety first” if you need water go drink, if you need rest tap out.That clearly suggests that the coaches today don’t put safety first though I doubt you will admit it. The rewards for high school athletes and coaches are much greater now than they were in the 80’s. A atheletic ride can be worth well over 125,000.00$. This injured player is quoted as saying he was playing for such. The onus of a head football coach is huge in this era. Tell me how can a coach know if a kid is really spent? Some of these kids are ready to push the envelope. Gung Ho. Others at camp are heaving after running two 40’s. I guess using your type of logic is coaches should let players train themselves at their own pace and let the coach know if they feel up to doing more. You say the coach is supposed to know better and the kid should know when to throw in the towel. That”s clearly impossible and unrealistic for their will always be those exceptions that will slip by and get injured yes, some gravely in any physical endeavor. Also I apologize for the blowhard comment.

  • Realist:

    I can’t say, and won’t say, that coaches today care less about their athletes..that’s simply not true. Nor will I buy the argument that coaches are somehow victims of the game or are stuck in a “damned if they do and damned if they don’t” scenario. Yes, the stakes are higher today and more pressure, for whatever reasons, is placed on coaching, but that has absolutely nothing to do with proper training – injured, unhealthy or over worked/conditioned athletes can’t help you compete competitively, let alone win ball games.

    Safety is and should always be first. It’s been great talking with ya!

    Laurence Todd

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