Last September, one play on the soccer field changed Corinne Camp's life.
"She kicked the ball as hard as she could and it was a straight shot to my head. I blacked out for a few seconds," said Corinne. Months later, the Madison teenager is still feeling the pain. It wasn't Corinne's first concussion, but doctors say it needs to be her last.
After that head injury, doctors diagnosed her with post concussion syndrome. In the last year, she's suffered from intense headaches and short term memory loss. The health problems may stick with her for the rest of her life and they have kept her off the soccer field, and out of school for the past year. "It's like everything I worked so hard for was just gone in a second, and it was heartbreaking," she said.
Studies show more than half of athletes who have a head injury return to sports too soon, which can cause even more trauma for a young brain.
"Their brains are still developing, they aren't done at her age and this is now something she has to deal with for the rest of her life," said Corinne's Mom Nicole Camp. "It's hard, as a parent you just want to fix it."
Just last month, the state passed a new concussion law that would bench an athlete at least 24 hours, and they have to be cleared by a doctor before getting back in the game. The measure comes too late for Corinne, but she hopes it raises awareness. "It's just something that needs to be brought to everyone's attention. It's difficult and it should not be taken lightly," she said.
Now the former student-athlete faces her toughest competition, healing her brain and defeating the horrible headaches that have sidelined her.
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Have you had a concussion before? Are you concerned about your child playing sports? What steps do you take to protect yourself and/or your kids?