MIT Cheerping squad members suffer injury, wheeled off to hospital
Mark Escarlote on Mar 08, 2016 05:19 PM
Mapua Cheerping Cardinals team captain Noel Laforteza Jr. was stretchered to an ambulance after suffering a possible concussion in their routine.
Two members of the Mapua Cheerping Cardinals were wheeled off to San Juan de Dios Hospital after a miscalculated landing and collision in a basket toss during their performance in the 91st NCAA cheerleading competition at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Tuesday.
Team captain Noel Laforteza Jr. and Dale De Guzman were brought to the hospital after completing their routine. Laforteza was stretchered out of the arena for possible concussion while De Guzman had an open wound on his right brow.
“’Yung isa po medyo hindi maganda ang pagkakasalo sa basket tosses so nagkaroon siya ng konting concussion sa ulo tapos medyo nag-blurred siya e. Nagkaroon daw siya ng delayed sa reaction,” said Mapua coach Ian Diamante.
The fifth year mentor said that Laforteza Jr. was disoriented after getting hit by De Guzman, who suffered a cut in the collision.
“Nu’ng na-checkup siya ng PT (physical therapist) namin at medical team ng NCAA for possible hematoma raw. So ipa-follow up checkup lang pero wala naman siyang signs ng talagang hematoma. For security purposes na lang,” said Diamante.
De Guzman was patched by the medical team to prevent further bleeding.
“May open wound siya sa eyebrow part. Titingnan kung tatahiin pa,” added Diamante.
“Hopefully sana maging OK sila.”
Despite being hurt, the two finished their routine.
“He (Laforteza Jr.) was able to pull through the routine. Nagawa niya ‘yung part niya pero nagla-lack na siya (sa reaction) lalo na sa dance kasi sa dance mabilisang pag-iisip. Pagdating sa dance nagba-blackout na raw talaga siya,” said Diamante, whose wards placed eighth last year.
“Natapos po nila ang routine. Actually amazed pa nga ako sa kanila kasi yung mga difficult part ng pyramids namin natapos pa rin nila ng walang problema, maayos,” he added. “Although sa last part naman medyo parang bumigay na kasi nawawalan na nga raw perception sa paligid niya.”
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