Tommy Mallon and Riki Kirchoff, athletic trainer at Santa Fe Christian High School in San Diego, shown while the injured lacrosse player was still wearing a brace to protect his fractured neck. Mallon and his family are convinced that Kirchoff saved him from paralysis or death by not letting him move after he was injured in a collision during his final high school game. The Mallon family founded an advocacy group that promotes having an athletic trainer in every high school.

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Tommy Mallon and Riki Kirchoff, athletic trainer at Santa Fe Christian High School in San Diego, shown while the injured lacrosse player was still wearing a brace to protect his fractured neck. Mallon and his family are convinced that Kirchoff saved him from paralysis or death by not letting him move after he was injured in a collision during his final high school game. The Mallon family founded an advocacy group that promotes having an athletic trainer in every high school.

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