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High School Volleyball Player Suffers Serious Head Injury After Transgender Girl Throws Ball


Footage has emerged from a North Carolina high school girl’s volleyball game in which a player was seriously injured after a transgender girl threw a ball at her opponent, hitting her in the head.

The physical injuries sustained by the Hiwassee Dam High School student-athlete were to the head and neck.

The volleyball is believed to have been thrown at 70mph – and was described as ‘abnormally’ fast by a spectator.

Neither player has been identified.

And the incident has since had profound implications for how the game is played in the state after news broke that the offensive shot was played by a biological man.

The Hiwassee Dam player is still suffering from long-term concussion symptoms including vision problems and has not been cleared to play.

The Cherokee County School Board later voted 5-1 to forfeit all games of its schools’ women’s volleyball teams against Highlands School, for which the unnamed transgender player plays.

At a women’s volleyball tournament last month, a Highlands High volleyball player, seen at right, who was biologically male, pelted a female player in the forehead with the ball.

A transgender girl, seen on the right, could be seen throwing a ball at her opponent hitting her in the head

A transgender girl, seen on the right, could be seen throwing a ball at her opponent hitting her in the head

The board seemed to dance around the controversial topic of trans people playing sports for teams they weren’t born into.

Indeed, the board did not refer to any player’s sexuality, but instead raised concerns about safety.

“The county will not participate in any volleyball games, varsity or junior varsity, against Highlands for safety reasons,” the minutes of the board meeting said.

Hiwassee Dam High School athletic director David Payne was present at the meeting said that “a statement must be made that he [was] unfair and dangerous for teams to compete against Highlands.

The Hiwassee Dam player, a biological girl, seen on the left, fell to the ground after being hit in the head

The Hiwassee Dam player, a biological girl, seen on the left, fell to the ground after being hit in the head

The maiden can be seen lying on the floor of the courtyard.  She suffered serious head and neck injuries, as well as long-term concussion symptoms, including vision problems

The maiden can be seen lying on the floor of the courtyard. She suffered serious head and neck injuries, as well as long-term concussion symptoms, including vision problems

He noted, however, that there were “mixed feelings” from the players and parents involved.

“There is a competitive advantage and a safety concern for some teams – it’s not the same for all teams,” added vice president Jeff Martin. “I can tell you that the board wasn’t looking for that sort of thing. It has come to our attention due to security concerns.

“The most important thing for us, especially after seeing the video of the injury, we felt strongly that this was a safety issue,” said board member Jeff Tatham. “I think most board members also felt there was a competitive advantage issue.”

“The county will not participate in any volleyball games, varsity or junior varsity, against Highlands for safety reasons,” the board said.

The teammates rushed to help the girls after the powerful shot knocked her down

The teammates rushed to help the girls after the powerful shot knocked her down

The game stopped when team doctors rushed to the side of the high school athlete

The game stopped when team doctors rushed to the side of the high school athlete

A 2015 study of volleyball players explained how men are significantly more effective than women at “attacking” the ball towards their opponent’s side.

The body of bucks also allows for greater momentum and power on jump ball returns.

In recent months, the issue of transgender athletes participating in women’s sports has become a controversial topic, but the parameters of what is allowed vary.

The issue has taken center stage this year with UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas, pictured, who began competing in women's collegiate swimming a year and a half after transitioning.

The issue has taken center stage this year with UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas, pictured, who began competing in women’s collegiate swimming a year and a half after transitioning.

The question has taken center stage this year with UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas, who began competing in women’s college swimming a year and a half after transitioning.

Thomas went on to break several women’s records, much to the dismay of many of her teammates, and the NCAA and United States Swimming bodies were criticized for allowing Thomas to compete.

The NCAA requires testosterone suppression treatment for one year.

In US volleyball leagues, men’s testosterone levels must be within normal reference ranges for women for at least six months.

Several states have even passed laws requiring athletes to participate in sports based on their biological sex.

The professional competitive swimming association FINA has since banned trans women from participating in the sport, saying they must have started their transition before the onset of puberty, which is illegal or nearly impossible to do in most the United States.

By summer, 18 states had banned transgender female students from participating in women’s sports.

A notable example is Ohio, which passed a bill requiring college students accused of being transgender to provide a doctor’s note detailing their sexual anatomy, testosterone levels, and genetic makeup.

In New Jersey, Republican lawmakers have proposed the Women’s Sports Equity Act, which would require female student-athletes to verify the nature of their genitalia in order to compete.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Michael Testa, compared genital checks to the random drug tests college athletes undergo and said he doesn’t foresee any problems with angry parents accusing the girls of to be transgender.

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