A teenager died after being struck over the head with a hockey stick during a training session, an inquest heard.
Luke Hobson, 14, was dribbling with his head low when he was hit by another player’s backswing.
He was airlifted to hospital after the tragic accident at Blueharts Hockey Club in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, HertsLive reports.
But the teen, of Hitchin, couldn’t be saved.
His parents Peter Hobson and Helen Moss said they are "exhausted by grief" and their pain "does not fade”.
Hatfield Coroner’s Court heard the cause of death was Impact Brain Apnoea, caused by blunt force trauma.
This stuns the brain stem which stops other necessary functions.
The accident happened before what was supposed to be a light-hearted end-of-season parents and players’ match.
But within five minutes it turned to tragedy as the coaches went to turn the floodlights on while the teenagers played.
At first it was believed he had been hit by a ball, but it later emerged the injury on March 28 2019 was caused by another teenager player’s stick.
The other player, who can’t be named, said: “We were trying to flick the ball up in the air, and I went for a volley.
“I remember I had already taken two shots and was getting ready to take a third.
“I didn’t follow through because the accident happened.
I didn’t know Luke was behind me and he fell to the floor.
“Almost straight after the accident I had no memory, it was like my memory had blocked it out.”
The teen then sprinted for a first aid kit and to find help.
Luke's mum received a call from a coach, and as she made her way she was told he was in cardiac arrest.
Although medics restored some circulatory function, senior coroner Geoffrey Sullivan said little could have been done to save him after the accident.
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The inquest heard the daylight was ‘at the edge of dusk’.
Although visibility wasn’t seriously impaired, a witness described people appearing as ‘silhouettes’ and it was unclear what had happened immediately.
But the coroner said while this could have been significant, it could not be directly connected to the death.
He recorded the death as accidental.
The coroner said: “What happened to you is what every parent dreads and there’s nothing I can say to make it any better, or anyone can say or do.
“I’m glad in a small way we have been able to help in finding out what happened and I offer you my deepest sympathies.”
His parents said while closure is impossible, they needed to be able to account for the last minutes of the teenager's life.
They said they hold no ill will towards the other player and are willing to speak to him if it would help him through his trauma.
Mr Hobson said: “We simply wanted to know what happened to Luke, and how I can drop him off at training and three hours later he was dead.”
In a statement they said: "Luke was a kind and loving boy who at 14 had limitless possibilities ahead of him.
"Since Luke's death we have done all we can to make sure that lessons are learnt so that no other family has to go through what we have.
"Luke was hit by a stick at a time when floodlights were not on and play was not being supervised.
“It should never have happened, both which may have contributed to his death.”
England Hockey has since issued new guidance which aims to address the concerns, while Luke’s club has implemented significant measures.
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