Athlete advocates for safety on field

Originally Published: December 23, 2011
By John Waller

May 23, 2009 -- two weeks before his high school graduation: Tommy Mallon remembers playing his final lacrosse game. He also remembers being put on a spine board by paramedics and vomiting nonstop in the ambulance on the way to the trauma center at nearby Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., to get treated for a broken neck.

"Right when it happened, the whole world went really bright," he said.

Mallon, playing for Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.), was going ...

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