Newspaper articles of judo injuries resulting in death: 1984 – 2010 [51]

First year junior high school student dies after collapsing due to brain hemorrhage during judo practice
The Asahi Shimbun
July 7, 2010
Reo Ogawa (12), a first year student of Kannan Junior High School in Shizuoka Prefecture, collapsed during judo club practice at school in late June. He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage. He died on July 6 at 8:25 pm. Mishima Police is investigating the details of the cause of death. According to the Board of Education of the local government and Mishima Police, 15 members of the judo club including Reo attended practice at the martial arts training hall of the junior high school from around 7:30 am on June 27. At around 8:30 am 6 first year students practiced break fall with one student throwing the other 5. Reo fell unconscious and collapsed while he was waiting for his turn after already being thrown a number of times.

First year junior high school student and member of judo club dies of brain contusion after hitting head; hospitalized in May
The Yomiuri Shimbun
July 10, 2010

The Board of Education of the local government announced on July 9 that Reo Ogawa, who died on July 6 after collapsing during judo practice on June 27, had been hospitalized for about one week in May after hitting his head during practice at a community judo event.
Mishima Police had earlier announced that Reo died of brain contusion and are now investigating the relationship with the injury he sustained in May. The City Board of Education stated that on the evening of May 8, he hit the back of his head hard during practice of osoto-gari (large outer reap) break fall. He felt unwell after returning home and was hospitalized after being diagnosed with light subdural hematoma at the hospital. On June 1 he was allowed to resume practice on the condition that intense activities were avoided. From June 4 he practiced mainly break fall on the mat to reduce impact to his head. The Counselor of the School Education Department said, “I am surprised that the cause of death was brain contusion because he did not hit his head hard on the day he collapsed according to the report. I assume there was no negligence but we will fully cooperate in the investigation.”

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