High School Football Player in Coma After Suffering Head Injury During Game in Riverside

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A high school football player remained hospitalized Monday in a medically induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery following an apparent head injury suffered during a game in Riverside on Friday night.

Josh Nava, of Riverside Poly High School, was critically injured during a game against Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, which was being played at Riverside Community College, according to the Press Enterprise.

Video of the game showed the moment of impact.

It happened in the 3rd quarter of the game as a Moreno Valley player was running with the ball.

Nava, playing defense, hit the opposing player head first when making a tackle, the video showed.

As Nava tackled the ball carrier, his body spun and he hit the ground.

After the play, the video showed Nava lying on the field for several seconds before slowly getting to his feet.

He can then be seen stumbling to the sideline where he collapsed near the team bench.

Nava was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to reduce swelling and pressure on his brain, according to a post on the team's Facebook page.

The youngster remained in intensive care at Riverside Community Hospital, another post stated, adding that his family was at his side.

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