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New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association

Concussions and the long, dangerous road to recovery

Jackie Adams' descent into despair began in 2007 with an elbow to the head when she was an Ocean City High School sophomore during a girls soccer game.

The next day the room spun. She couldn't focus on an object without feeling sick.

The symptoms got worse over time.

Her head often pounded. She occasionally saw double.

Adams couldn't walk on the beach because the sun hurt her eyes.

She stared at questions on tests and couldn't begin to answer them, leaving entire exams blank. She read pages of books and had no idea what the story was about.

"I had no future," she told the Press of Atlantic City ( ).

She did...