Kort Breckenridge

KORT BRECKENRIDGE, 25, co-captain linebacker with Teton Valley High School (ID), nearly died after making a routine tackle in a senior night game on 10/7/05.  He sustained a concussion on the play and was the victim of Second Impact Syndrome (SIS), a condition where someone sustains a second concussion before the symptoms of a previous concussion have cleared up.  He had had a concussion a month before.  In Breckenridge’s case, not unusual, he had hidden multiple previous concussions, which caused vomiting.  Each successive concussion sustained makes a person more susceptible to the next.  The brain reaches a state where it cannot auto-regulate its blood flow.  His brain had such severe swelling that his right hemisphere was removed and he was put into a medically induced coma.  He survived but tires easily, has very poor short term memory, slurred speech, and walks with a limp.—New York Times video 9/15/07, by Matthew Orr and Alan Schwarz, contained within an article on MIKE BORICH, “Concussion Trauma Risk Seen in Amateur Athlete”, NY Times 10/21/09, Alan Schwarz.  (Borich was a Western Illinois wide receiver who died at 42 of a drug overdose after a downward spiral of depression, and had CTE.)

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