USC Football Player Injured in Weightlifting Accident

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Jun 23, 2005
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Johnson has throat surgery after weight accident

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Southern California tailback Stafon Johnson had emergency throat surgery Monday after a weightlifting accident.

The senior who scored the No. 7 Trojans’ go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State two weeks ago was bench-pressing when the bar slipped from his right hand and fell onto his throat.

“It was an unfortunate accident, and Stafon is getting great care right now,” coach Pete Carroll said in a statement. “We don’t have a lot of information at this point, and we’ll keep everyone updated, but our thoughts and prayers are with Stafon.”

Johnson is the Trojans’ second-leading rusher with 157 yards, and he leads USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10) with five touchdowns. He led USC in rushing last season with 705 yards and nine touchdowns, but has evolved into the Trojans’ short-yardage specialist this season behind starter Joe McKnight.

Johnson is just one of six tailbacks who get regular practice time with the Trojans, who visit No. 24 California on Saturday. The Trojans didn’t immediately know how long Johnson would require to return from surgery.

Johnson was being spotted by an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the time of the accident Monday morning.

“I’ve seen players have the bar slip and fall onto their chest, but never in my 25 years of coaching have I heard of someone dropping a bar on their throat,” said strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, who was standing 10 feet away when the accident happened. “We’re fortunate he was being spotted.”

Johnson scored two touchdowns apiece against San Jose State and Ohio State, including that 2-yard run with 1:05 left to beat the Buckeyes. He added another touchdown last weekend against Washington State.

Johnson has carried the ball just 32 times this season, while also catching one pass.
 

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“I’ve seen players have the bar slip and fall onto their chest, but never in my 25 years of coaching have I heard of someone dropping a bar on their throat,” said strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, who was standing 10 feet away when the accident happened. “We’re fortunate he was being spotted.”

I've never heard of it or seen it happen either. Falling on the neck...that's never even come close to happening to me or anyone I know. What a freak accident. Prayers for a speedy recovery.
 

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Johnson is listed in stable condition. He unexpectedly woke up and communicated with his parents Tuesday morning after undergoing an emergency tracheotomy and reconstructive surgery on his throat, which was almost completely flattened by the bar.

Headline in Fox Sports.

USC's Johnson in good spirits, writes to mom
 
Nov 19, 2005
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Wow..that hits a little close to home.

I wish him a full and speedy recovery!
No kidding. Glad to hear he is doing better.

Out of curiosity though, I thought one was always supposed use a spotter when benching? Weightlifting safety is one thing I haven't heard anyone talk about in this near tragedy.