The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE

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A sad but important read that raises awareness of the need for greater use of accessible and quick sideline objective physical findings from King-Devick sideline test to immediately reduce impacts of concussion, and for adults overseeing youth athletes to employ more immediate evidence-based concussion protocols during play  – all from one young football player’s final documentation…

“Prior to the game, Zac had passed Wilson’s concussion protocol, but if she’d known what was really going on inside his brain, there’s no way she would have let him near the field. After the concussion during the game in September, a teammate told Zac that he was looking at him cross-eyed. Later that night, he would write in his journal, “I saw a doctor and lied about all my concussion symptoms.”  Of course he lied. It was his senior year. He wanted to play.”

The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE

Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he’d done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself…. Read more.

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