"I would never say I was hurt unless it physcially could be seen," Brandon Streeter says.
Streeter suffered his fifth concussion in six years during a 2010 football game between his Rose Hill Rockets and Circle High. He caught a pass and suffered head trauma as he was tackled. That ended his career and could have ended his life.
"It was a total process of trying to restart my life from the normal me to the post-concussion me," Streeter says.
Streeter is continuing that process two years later. Before his final injury, he was suffering from headaches and memory loss due to his previous injuries. But he never told anyone. The last injury left him with more severe headaches and impaired memory and learning abililty.
Streeter's story is featured in the fall issue of KU Wichita Magazine.
"Every concussion damages or injures neurons," neurologist Bart Grelinger says. "We have a hundred billion of them. I'm not sure how many we can lose before it starts to show outwardly."
Grelinger chairs the Kansas Sports Concussion Parntership. It's aimed at spreading the word about head injuries. Find out more about it by clicking here.
In Streeter's case, his latest head injury has resulted in two years of medical treatment and relearning things he once knew. It's also the end of activities he loves but could cause even the slightest trauma, which would be devastating.