Gwinnett teen dies after collapsing at club soccer practice

by: Matt Johnson

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Family and friends are heartbroken after a 16-year-old collapsed and died during soccer practice Saturday.

Michael Jones’ coach told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson the teenager was set to be a full-time starter on the soccer team at Parkview High School this coming year.

“We are all kind of stinging from this one,” Parkview soccer coach Daniel Klinect said.

Jones’ empty locker is a somber reminder of his tragic death.

“He wasn’t the biggest guy on the team so he made up for that with heart and effort and he had earned himself a starting spot by the end of the year,” Klinect told Johnson.

The coach said Jones made the team as a sophomore and would have been a starter in his upcoming junior year.

“Possibly captain material. He leads by example,” Klinect said.

Jones died Saturday in Forsyth County after collapsing at a separate club soccer practice at Windemere Park.

A coach with his Atlanta Fire United team administered CPR until firefighters arrived, but it wasn’t enough.

His coach said he apparently died of cardiac arrest.

“He was in tremendous shape and for this to happen the way, cardiac arrest, my first thought, something was missed in some sort of exam or something,” Klinect said.

It’s unclear if Jones had any existing heart conditions.

Klinect said Jones’s death could be a wake-up call in how club leagues examine players.

“There aren’t any physicals required for club soccer, and I kind of wish there were,” Klinect told Johnson.

Players will gather in the field house for a meeting Monday with the coach to talk about Jones.

The school district says grief counselors will be on hand as well.

Original story:

Abnormal heart artery caused Parkview soccer player’s death

Michael Jones, the Parkview soccer player who collapsed on a field and died last weekend, suffered cardiac arrest because his heart had an “abnormal artery,” his Atlanta Fire United club confirmed Wednesday.

Jones, 16, for the 2000 Elite Black team for the club, which said the information about his heart was provided by the medical examiner. The cardiac issue brings some closure to the unexplained collapse of a fit teen who had just begun a morning scrimmage when he fell to the grass.


Another tragic story of a teen dying from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Michael Jones, 16 years old, was at club soccer practice when he collapsed. CPR was not enough to save the incoming junior. Now, another community is mourning a loved one, a friend, and a teammate.

Michael’s high school soccer coach said, “He was in tremendous shape and for this to happen the way, cardiac arrest, my first thought, something was missed in some sort of exam or something.

Pre-participation physical evaluations are not sufficient.

The antiquated system of using a stethoscope to listen to the heart and expecting kids to know their family history and report symptoms that rarely come is not the best way to detect heart issues. EKGs and echocardiograms identify electrical, structural, and functional heart abnormalities, regardless of family history and regardless of symptoms being present. Preventative cardiac testing is the best way to help prevent these tragedies that continue to happen to student athletes throughout the country.

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