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CPA player endures struggle with football-related head injuries

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There is a renewed focus on head injuries and concussions in the NFL, but a hard hit can also land a young player on the sidelines for months with potentially serious injuries.

For Isaac Estes-Adoff, football has always been more than just a game. But that all changed last year when he was playing in a game for his school, Christ Presbyterian Academy.

"I was hit from the front, which knocked me backward. The person who hit me was low, so me falling backwards caused him to hit me directly in the head," Estes-Adoff said.

Estes-Adoff suffered a concussion that kept him off the field and out of school.

"Over the next few weeks, I just progressed to get worse and worse and had to dial back everything I did to the point where I was in bed with blackout curtains, trying to sleep most of the day," he said.

Dr. Alex Diamond, at Vanderbilt Pediatric Sports Medicine, is Estes-Adoff's doctor.

Diamond said recovery from a head injury can take weeks, if not months, and you can't push it, because the body needs both physical and mental rest.

"It's kind of like rebooting a computer. Once you reboot it, it's as good as it was before. But some patients have trouble with that reboot and have symptoms that tend to last longer," Diamond said.

Last spring, Estes-Adoff was finally cleared to play, but shortly after his return, he took another hit.

He said he knows all too well that several hits can lead to health problems, because he has seen the effects of his mother's collegiate playing days.

"He does have better vision, because he's watched me go from having it all, to some days not even be able to cook dinner and do laundry in the same day," said his mother, Kristy Barkley.

Estes-Adoff wants to get an Ivy League education and dreams of becoming a journalist. So, while the decision to walk off the field for good hasn't come easy, he says it was necessary.

"The next 80 years of my life are more important than the next three," he said.

As for what sport might be next, he said he's considering golf.

For more information on concussions, including signs and symptoms, visit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/concussion/DS00320/DSECTION=symptoms.

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