Injured South Dakota athlete released from hospital

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IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) - A high school athlete was released from a Sioux Falls hospital Monday after undergoing surgery for a head injury suffered while pole vaulting during practice.

The Aberdeen News ( ) reports that Ipswich High School athlete Taylor Maurer wasn't wearing a helmet when she struck her head during an attempted controlled descent May 23.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association lets individual programs decide if athletes must wear helmets. The association doesn't keep track of numbers but few pole vaulters wear them.

Wade Royer is the pole vault coach for Northern State University. He says he's never seen someone injured while making a controlled descent.

Ipswich pole vaulting coach Kayla Nilsson says Maurer is "on the road to recovery. She is very active and energetic."

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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