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Injured JV football player home from hospital, district official says

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The Point Lookout Fire Department and Nassau County police responded after two football players were injured in Long Beach on Saturday. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A junior varsity football player airlifted to a hospital after suffering a back injury Saturday during a game at Bethpage High School has been released, a Levittown schools spokesman said Sunday.

The 15-year-old student at Division Avenue High School fell on his head at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Nassau police said.

A helicopter transported the boy to Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park. A Levittown school district spokesman said of the unnamed player Sunday morning, "he's home," but did not provide information about the teenager's condition.

Two Long Beach High School football players who also suffered injuries after they collided in another Saturday morning game, were released from a hospital Saturday, officials said. 

One of the Long Beach players, who is 14, suffered a neck injury and was taken by a Nassau County police helicopter from Long Beach High School to a nearby hospital, for treatment, police said. The other player, who is 15, suffered a shoulder injury. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, police said.

Long Beach Public Schools in a statement said: "You may have heard that two students were injured during a play in our JV Football game this morning. Good news: both students are OK, and will soon be discharged from the hospital!"

The statement continued: "Many thanks to our staff members, parents, and students who stepped up with typical Long Beach care and concern at a scary moment!"

Later Saturday, a district spokesman said he was told the two students were released from the hospital.

The first emergency call came from Bethpage at about 10:30 a.m. The second came from Long Beach at 10:51 a.m., police said.

With Rachel O'Brien

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