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Lake Travis Teen Ends Football Career After Concussion

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 08:39 PM CST

Ryan Dolmanet opted to forego his senior season. Unfortunately it is not because he was turning pro.

In September 2012 Dolmanet suffered a concussion in a game against Austin High. He knew he was a little dinged up, but didn't pay much attention to it.

Three days later at practice, that ding caught up to him. While lining up for a play, Dolmanet fell face first to the ground. It happened again a few plays later.

"At the time we thought, 'okay, he has a concussion.' It seems like everyone gets them, and in a week or two he'll be better. That's what we thought at first," explained Debbie Dolmanet, Ryan's mother.

It didn't get better. Dolmanet failed numerous cognitive tests the next day, and over the course of the next few months, Ryan's life would change dramatically. He missed six weeks of school. He had little communication with the outside world. No television, no computer -- at times, no light at all. Ryan would have to sit in his room for hours at a time in the dark.

"I couldn't do anything. It was going from 12 hour days to school and football and homework to just not doing anything all the time," said Dolmanet.

"Months of not being able to do anything is really frustrating," he says.

Dolmanet didn't need a ton of convincing to end his football career early. Doctors advised him to do so, a decision Dolmanet had more or less already decided to make.

"It's a scary process. It's really eye opening," explained Dolmanet. "If what I love is going to affect my future it wasn't something I'd want to do."

Despite everything Ryan has gone through, his two younger brothers continue to play the sport. Ryan even encourages it.

"Just because I had a bad experience I don't think it should be stopped. There's a lot that can happen but that doesn't mean it will," Ryan said.

Added mother Debbie, "There's no handbook for this. They can get hurt many different ways. Do you stop living? I don't know what the answer is."

KEYE is holding a Town Hall meeting on the dangers of concussions. It is Thursday at 7pm at the Seton HealthCare Administrative offices across from Dell Children's Medical Center. More information --> http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/town-hall/?wap=0&/

By Bob Ballou

Lake Travis Teen Ends Football Career After Concussion


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