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Concussions turn 15-year-old football player's dreams into 'nightmare'
Concussions turn 15-year-old football player's dreams into 'nightmare'

For one Southern California mother, the thrill of victory has been lost to the agony of concussion. We will call her Mary, her son Rick. "He's 15 now," Mary says. "He's been playing tackle football since he was 5. He has always seen himself as a football player named Rick, not Rick, who plays football." At 13, in a parent-organized league called the Junior All-American Football Conference, Rick had a concussion that put him out for three games. In his second game back, he was hit from behind on a tackle, fumbled and appeared to go limp for a moment. When parents and coaches started out on the field to come to his aid, Rick popped up and waved them off....

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