Skyline cheerleaders sickened after Everett competition

February 7, 2012

NEW — 8:35 p.m. Feb. 7, 2012

Skyline High School cheerleaders brought home a championship at a recent competition held in Everett.

They also may have brought back an as-yet-unidentified health problem.

State health officials say they are investigating a possible intestinal illness among attendees at a cheerleading competition held at Everett’s Comcast Arena on Feb. 4. Symptoms began to appear Feb. 5 and 6. They include vomiting and diarrhea, according to a state press release.

Skyline cheerleaders began reporting symptoms the evening of Feb. 5, said Sara Niegowski, Issaquah School District executive director of communications, in an email. In total, eight cheerleaders have been out sick, Niegowski added. The Skyline ill also include Principal Lisa Hechtman and one assistant coach. Hechtman attended the cheerleading event, Niegowski said.

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State concussion bill would help protect young athletes

April 6, 2009

In the third quarter of a middle school football game, Zackery Lystedt made a tackle that changed his life. It was October 2006, and Zackery was 13. Minutes after the tackle, he collapsed on the field. Read more

State concussion law would protect youths

March 9, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 9, 2009

In the third quarter of a middle school football game, Zackery Lystedt made a tackle that changed his life. It was October 2006. Lystedt was 13. Minutes after the tackle, he collapsed on the field.

“It’s obvious now, looking at the footage, that he suffered a concussion,” Rep. Jay Rodne (R-5th District) said.

A concussion is a sudden impact to the head causing a brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It can involve a loss of consciousness, but doesn’t always.

Rodne took a special interest in Lystedt’s case and resolved to prevent such tragedies from happening.

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