Athlete Stories

Alexandria Fitzgerald

Alexandria Fitzgerald participated in competitive cheerleading, but after a few concussions she was forced to make some difficult changes in her life.

When Alexandria had her concussions from cheering we didn’t know as much about concussions as we do today, and sadly she was unable to return to her sport. Her story emphasizes the need for proper concussion management to ensure the best recovery possible. Alexandria also talks about some of her symptoms like headaches, migraines, and being sensitive to bright lights and loud noises. She still struggles with short-term memory loss today.

Kyle Gibson

Kyle Gibson was also a junior in high school when he sustained a concussion playing football at an away game. He didn’t tell the coach about his concussion symptoms until after the game was over and after being hit again and again and again.

Kyle had taken a baseline test prior to the football season. When he took a re-test after the concussion, his scores were much lower than the baseline scores. The athletic trainer sent Kyle to a concussion specialist to be sure his concussion was properly managed. There Kyle learned that the best treatment for concussion is rest.

Aaron Bess

Aaron Bess was a junior in high school and sustained his concussion playing football in a state playoff game. He feels better now but wonders if he will ever remember the summer of 2010.

What would have happened if Aaron had told his coach that he wasn’t feeling well after being hit in the game the previous week? Do you think playing in the playoff game was a good trade-off for what Aaron experienced? Aaron’s story is a good reminder to tell someone whenever you feel symptoms of a concussion. Most concussions heal completely in a couple of weeks; it’s better to miss one game than to miss the rest of the season.

Alec Silverman


Alec Silverman was only in the sixth grade when he sustained a concussion playing baseball. He never lost consciousness but it was a bad hit and he spent five days in the hospital. The injury, and the road to recovery, taught him quite a bit about sports concussion…

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Preston Plevretes

Second impact syndrome is a rare occurrence, but when it happens, it usually ends up in either lifelong disability or death. Scientists don’t know a lot about it but they are studying this phenomenon in order to learn more. It seems to only happen in young athletes: adolescents and those in their early twenties.

What experts do know is that if a person gets a concussion and gets hit again before that concussion is healed, it can set off a chain of events in the brain that causes severe brain injury. The intensity of the hit doesn’t seem to matter. Alight hit or a hard hit can both cause second impact syndrome. In cases of second impact syndrome, immediate medical care is necessary to ensure the athlete’s survival. The consequence of second impact syndrome is just not worth the risk. So if you think you have symptoms of a concussion because of getting hurt in a game or practice, tell someone!

High School Soccer Star Gets Back in the Game


It was a day Alex Lucaci would never forget, if only he could remember it. On November 1, 2007, the Summit High School soccer team was beating league rival Morris Hills in a matchup on Upper Tatlock Field. With just minutes left…

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