The Times West Virginian

February 24, 2013

‘An invisible injury’: VIDEO

Research shows concussions can have significant long-term effects

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — By the time Damon Waters started playing football at Fairmont State University in 2009, he already had suffered three concussions as a high school athlete at Grafton, one of which was a helmet-to-helmet hit with another boy that resulted in a 5-second blackout and a feeling of confusion for the rest of the game.

“I had a tingling sensation down my spine and through my hands and feet,” said Waters, now a senior at Fairmont State. “I didn’t say anything to anyone. I tried to keep playing.

“As the game progressed, I just had horrible confusion. I wasn’t sure where I was.”

During his three years of playing at Fairmont State, he experienced another three concussions. During one game in the spring of his redshirt freshman year, he landed on his head twice. Even before the second hit, he felt foggy, but did not tell anyone.

The second concussion was not as bad, but he felt dizzy right away and let the trainers know immediately.


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