Their Stories


The evolving issue of sports-induced concussions is becoming a growing concern for nearly every mother, father, athlete and former athlete who has ever played contact sports. While it remains just a concern for most, long-term suffering from concussions is the reality for many. Below are the personal accounts of five athletes. Each has had at least one concussion over the course of his or her athletic career.



Hunter Yates, 19, is a sophomore student-athlete at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He is a member of the men's lacrosse team. Over the course of his life, he has had five diagnosed concussions.

Lauren Abraham, 23, is a former collegiate soccer player for the Washington and Lee University Generals. Today, she works full time for a lobbying firm in Richmond, Va. In her spare time, she works as an assistant high school soccer coach. Lauren has had six diagnosed concussions.

Patrick Wright, 22, graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2016. He was a starting defensive lineman for the W&L football team, and served as team captain for the past two seasons. Patrick has had one diagnosed concussion, which occurred during a high school football game.

Alex Kyle is an alumnus of Washington and Lee University. He played one season for the men's lacrosse team at W&L before he suffered a career-ending concussion during a lacrosse practice. To date, Alex has had seven diagnosed concussions.

Adama Kamara, 18, graduated from Rockbridge County High School in 2016. She was a member of the RCHS girls' varsity soccer team for all four years of high school, and served as team captain for the past two seasons. Adama has had one diagnosed concussion, which occurred during a soccer game.

Published May 27, 2016