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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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July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Toronto 8, Boston 0

N.Y. Yankees 4, Texas 2

Oakland 13, Houston 1

Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 2

Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1, 14 innings

Detroit 6, L.A. Angels 4

Baltimore 4, Seattle 0

Friday's Games

Toronto (Buehrle 10-6) at N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 6-6), 7:05 p.m.

Boston (Lester 10-7) at Tampa Bay (Price 10-7), 7:10 p.m.

Oakland (Hammel 0-2) at Texas (Williams 1-4), 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 8-6) at Minnesota (Correia 5-12), 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Tomlin 5-7) at Kansas City (Ventura 7-8), 8:10 p.m.

Miami (Hand 1-2) at Houston (Keuchel 9-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Smyly 6-8) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 5-5), 10:05 p.m.

Baltimore (Gausman 4-3) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 11-2), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Philadelphia 2, San Francisco 1

Miami 3, Atlanta 2

San Diego 13, Chicago Cubs 3

Milwaukee 9, N.Y. Mets 1

Friday's Games

St. Louis (J.Kelly 2-1) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-9), 4:05 p.m.

Arizona (Miley 6-6) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 4-10), 7:05 p.m.

Washington (Roark 9-6) at Cincinnati (Simon 12-4), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (Hahn 5-2) at Atlanta (A.Wood 7-7), 7:35 p.m.

Miami (Hand 1-2) at Houston (Keuchel 9-6), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Za.Wheeler 5-8) at Milwaukee (Gallardo 5-5), 8:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Morton 5-9) at Colorado (B.Anderson 0-3), 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 11-6) at San Francisco (Lincecum 9-6), 10:15 p.m.

WNBA

Thursday's Games

New York 84, Seattle 80, OT

Phoenix 93, Los Angeles 73

Friday's Games

Tulsa at Washington, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

MLS

Thursday's Games

Real Salt Lake 3, Montreal 1

Friday's Games

Chivas USA at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

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