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College Football Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Practice


Utah State freshman wide receiver Josh Davis suffered a “non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest” during spring practice Thursday.

Davis was immediately treated by trained staff who attended the practice.

“McKay Dee Hospital’s Critical Care team treated Davis with therapeutic hypothermia to lower his temperature to preserve his neurologic function. He has now been taken off life-sustaining medical devices,” a FOX 13 report said.


“Josh Davis, a football player for Utah State, has been updated from critical to fair condition as of Friday morning following a non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest during Thursday’s spring practice on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium,” a statement from Utah State read.

“Davis, who is currently in the intensive care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, has been taken off life-sustaining medical devices and is breathing on his own.”


“Awake, alert, and breathing on his own. The training staff absolutely saved his life. No hesitation all. Miracle,” Utah State coach Blake Anderson said.


From KSL News:

Davis collapsed at the beginning of Thursday’s practice and was immediately treated by Utah State’s athletic staff, led by Mike Williams, who is the associate athletics director for sports medicine, and followed by emergency medical personnel, who transported him to Logan Regional Hospital, the university said.

Davis, a second-year player from Carlsbad, California, was stabilized at Logan Regional Hospital before being transported to McKay-Dee Hospital, where the critical care team continued treatment with to lower the body temperature to preserve Davis’ neurological function, according to a statement.

His parents, Matt and Chrissy, arrived in Utah on Thursday night.

The university will release more information when it becomes available.


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