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Statement from USL President/CEO Steve Stenersen

February 7, 2012    13131 Views

BALTIMORE, Feb. 7, 2012 — Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., today confirmed the passing of Tyler Kopp, 12, of Rochester.

Kopp was a youth lacrosse player who was struck in the chest with a lacrosse ball while participating in the sport Feb. 2 at the Total Sports Experience indoor facility in Gates, N.Y. Local media have cited Randy Campbell, chief of Gates Volunteer Ambulance, in reports that Kopp’s heart stopped as a result of the impact. Campbell told local media that an off-duty lieutenant from the Rochester Fire Department performed CPR on Kopp until an ambulance responded four minutes later. Emergency medical technicians used a defibrillator on Kopp before transporting him to Strong Memorial Hospital, according to The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

"The national lacrosse community mourns the tragic passing of Tyler Kopp today and, on behalf of US Lacrosse, I want to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family and friends," said US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen. "There is nothing comparable to the loss of a child for a family and a community, and we understand and respect the family’s request for privacy."

US Lacrosse advocates the value and availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by lacrosse teams, leagues, tournaments and facilities. Toward that end, the organization maintains a strategic alliance with Cardiac Science, a leading manufacturer of AEDs, and together provides an AED grant and discount program for US Lacrosse members. Additional information is available available here.

For information on US Lacrosse’s efforts to study lacrosse injuries, including commotio cordis, a condition resulting from a specifically-timed chest impact that can cause sudden cardiac arrest, and to educate the lacrosse community on all health-related aspects of participation in the sport, please visit

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