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November 15, 2013

Fighting concussions

Dr. Daniel Kraft helped write state rules

Right after the hit during a Northwestern High School junior varsity football game, Noah Brahm knew he had suffered a concussion.

Braham was playing defensive end when the hit took place Sept. 30, which brought his season to an end.

“I knew it right away,” he said. “My vision was blurry and I was extremely dizzy.”

For Brahm it was the second football season that was curtailed by a concussion while playing on the defensive team.

“Last year the trainer told me I had suffered a concussion,” he said. “I’m planning on playing next year. I’m not really concerned.”

Noah’s mother, Beth, knew her son had suffered a second concussion.

“He was very dizzy. I noticed him on the sidelines wavering back and forth,” she said. “I could tell he was not acting himself. I could see he was having problems.”

The Northwestern High School trainer Michael Berger recommended that Noah see Dr. Daniel Kraft at Community Howard Regional Hospital.

The hospital staff works with all athletic trainers at Howard County schools in terms of education on concussions and other injuries.

Kraft helped write the legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly concerning concussions suffered by high school athletes which went into effect in 2012.

He said the legislation is only for high school athletes explaining the reason only for high school is there is no governing body for kids younger than high school.

“We don’t have a state junior high school athletic association, so there wasn’t anybody that could enforce the rules,” Kraft said. “The [Indiana High School Athletic Association] helps enforce the rules.”

There was a law being considered this past summer to implement the rules to cover all clubs and any athletic events that took place at school facilities. Kraft said there were enforcement issues.

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