Denver Post Story

McAvoy, through the REAP initiative, seeks to make sure athletes fully recover from a concussion before returning to play. If not, the consequences can be devastating.

Jake Snakenberg, unlike Camden, never got a second chance. Snakenberg, a freshman football player at Grandview, died from Second Impact Syndrome after suffering two concussions in a one-week span in September 2004.

Ryan Casey of the Denver Post wrote a story about the impact of concussions beyond sports in today’s edition.

Unable to focus, Courtney was pulled out of school. She started sleeping up to 20 hours a day. She started losing things.

“I would forget where I was,” Camden said. “It was not good.”

Five days after her concussion, the migraines started. Mother’s Day came and went. Other symptoms — the lethargy, the forgetfulness, the inability to concentrate — grew worse.

“She just couldn’t

Sideline concussion tests — like this one given by Chaparral athletic trainer Maggie Yates — are a crucial step in making sure high school athletes don’t return to play before they have fully recovered from a hit. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

do what was asked of her, physically or mentally,” Joellen said. “All of a sudden, there was like nothing. I used to say it was like looking into her, and it was hollow. And I’m like, ‘Who is this?’ “Ten days after the concussion diagnosis, the family visited The Children’s Hospital in Littleton, where Courtney was put through a series of cognitive examinations, including a standard test during which she was told three words to remember and asked to recall them after a five- or 10-minute conversation.

“If she got one or two, we were lucky,” Joellen said. “I’m sitting there going, ‘That’s like the capacity of a 6-year-old.’ ”

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