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Brain Game: Female Athletes Also Affected by High Number of Concussions

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DALLAS - Even though football season is officially over, the issue of concussions knows no off season. While most of the attention for concussion awareness has centered around guys from the NFL to Pop Warner, a local athlete is putting a new face on concussions.

Her name is Colleen Fagan and she proves that concussions are not only and issue for the boys club, In May of 2012 I was diagnosed with two concussions, my second and third concussions, and I had lasting symptoms with those.”

Colleen experienced her concussions while playing ice hockey, she says it was after her fourth concussion that the symptoms started, “I have headaches, I have nausea, I have memory problems, balance trouble, sleep issues, mood swings and so much more.”

Colleen says she went from doctor to doctor but her symptoms didn’t get better until she gave one clinic a try, "I didn't think I was ever going to be able to get back to the goals I had set for my life but then I found Cerebrum.

Cerebrum Centers specializes in brain treatment and therapy for people experiencing symptoms like Colleen. Dr. Brandon Brock, a clinician for cerebrum, says female concussions are more common than people think, "Female soccer debatably is probably the number two cause of concussion in all of sports."

He warns parents of student athletes to not push their kids too far, “Don`t put pressure back on them to perform if they`re not ready to go back because if you do the consequences down the road can be life changing.”