Should football players be allowed on the field after an injury?

Winton Woods School bans player after neck injury
Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-24 03:16:42-04

CINCINNATI -- Logan Day thought he would never be able to play football again.

Logan broke his neck on Oct. 3, 2014, playing defensive back for the Winton Woods Warriors. Sara Day, Logan’s mother, said after 18 months of extensive therapy, three doctors said Day could return to the field.

"They all have said let him play,” Sara said. “If he knows the risk, his parents know the risk, then there you have it."

But Winton Woods School District has prohibited Day from playing.

In a letter denying Day’s return, Superintendent Anthony Smith cited a doctor’s statement of “increased risk of severe injury including paralysis.”

"He basically just told me he was trying to protect my safety," Logan said.

Logan’s dream of playing college football is more difficult now that recruiters can’t see him in action.

"A lot of them said, ‘We're interested in you, but we just want to see you play again. We know about the injury, but we want to see you play,’ " Logan said.

For now, Logan goes to every practice and every game, hoping the school will give him a second chance.

“I just want to see how it feels tackling somebody,” Logan said. “I just want to see the feeling again. I get the feeling again and it's fine. I never really would say I was scared to get back out there."

Sara said she’s just looking out for her son’s future.

“I want him to do what his dream was," Sara said.

Winton Woods School District told WCPO- 9 On Your Side this is a medical issue, and they cannot discuss the case due to privacy and HIPAA concerns.