LENEXA, Kansas - 15 year old Dalton Stene grew up dreaming about the day he would get to play high school football. But after four concussions, the St. James Academy tight end is giving up his dream.
“I have broken my nose in baseball and my freshman year in football I broke my hand in three spots. This is my fourth concussion and I hurt a ligament, I think that’s all,” said Stene.
He got his first concussion in grade school, but the most recent one back in August was by far the worst. Dr. David Dyck, a sports physician with the Center for Concussion Management, has been treating Dalton.
“He was your typical concussion patient. He had been playing football, he had been hit and he was confused and dazed,” said Dr. Dyck.
He was out of school for almost three weeks recovering from the concussion. After medication and months of treatment, the doctor finally gave him the go ahead to go back to playing on Friday.
But the fifteen year old is giving the sport he loves.
“We started learning how severe it was. I had headaches weeks later still and it was bad and we didn't want to risk anything more,” said Stene.
His mother Mary said, “I couldn't be prouder of him for it. People need to take note of this, it's a very serious injury and we only have one brain.”
While he made his decision weeks ago, hearing about the Spring Hill football player who died Thursday night after a game only validated his decision.
“It kind of shocked me and it really made me think about it. And it kind of put things in perspective and kind of made me glad that I’m sitting out now,” said Stene.
He says he hates walking away from football, but in the end he says he knows he made the right call. Now he has plans to play tennis and train for a triathlon.
Dr. Dyck says these are the typical symptoms of concussions:
He says it’s important to pay attention to them and to be aware of how dangerous they can be.
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