Newspaper articles of judo injuries resulting in death: 1984 – 2010 [48]

Another death due to judo injury; no report by mass media
June 30, 2010
Another student died during a judo club summer training camp of a private high school in the Kanto area in August, 2009. I visited the school on June 7 to hear about the case from the principal and the vice principal. The student who died was a first year student, a white-belt beginner with less than 1 year of judo experience. The following is an outline of what happened last year during the summer camp in the judo training hall.

  1. The summer camp was held for 7 days in late August.
  2. On the second day of the camp, training started at 8:30 am. Judo practice in the morning was from 9:45 to 12:45 and it restarted at 3:00 pm in the afternoon. After warm up exercise, ne-waza (ground techniques) practice and break fall practice, randori practice (free sparring) started at 3:20 pm.
  3. At 5:45 pm they rested to drink water. From 5:55 pm chasing-technique practice started. One set is 40 seconds: attack for 20 seconds and defend for 20 seconds. After four sets a student collapsed as if leaning on another student. The vice principal said he did not hit his head. The event was a joint judo camp of three high schools and there were many students and teachers in the hall.
  4. The ambulance arrived 5 minutes after being called and took him to hospital.
  5. The student died of acute subdural hematoma at 5:35 pm the following day.
  6. Based on the postmortem examination, which was conducted the following day, the police indicated that no foul play was suspected.

The principal explained that after his death they learned that he had once hit his head during judo practice in junior high school. The person who first informed me of this case had previously told me of the student hitting his head.

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