Parents wrestle with concussion dilemma after son's injury

Kami and Matt Ervin

A central Indiana family is facing a very tough decision. Should they let their son play football again after he got a concussion and is still feeling the effects?

It's only a two-block walk home from school, but each step 14-year-old Sean Bacha take is a step toward getting back to his old self again.

"My motor skills aren't really what they used to be," he explained. "They're slowly getting back to normal, but not yet."

"Right there it looks like he did get hit in the head with a knee," said Matt Ervin, Sean's stepfather, looking at the hit that sidelined the freshman lineman for the Edinburgh Lancers nearly three weeks ago during sectionals. He doesn't remember it.

"I'm starting to remember the play before it and that's three weeks after," said Sean.

"He didn't know who I was. He didn't know where he was," said Kami Ervin, Sean's mother.

"He couldn't even lift his eyes up. He was that out of it," said Matt Ervin.

Thursday, Sean finds out if he's out of it for good when he visits his doctor to see if he can play other sports this season. So far, though, doctor's orders have been lots of rest right at home.

Even now., Sean still has daily headaches.

"It's a pounding pressure and it's usually constant," he said.

Sean's doctor has the final say, though.

"Have I thought about - do I really want my kid on the field again? Absolutely. But am I going to hold him back if the doctor says he's ok to play? Absolutely not," said Kami.

"There's always that risk of getting injured, but it's part of the game. But unfortunately with a head injury, it could be life threatening and it could be something you're stuck with your whole life," said Matt.

But when football and sports are your life, facing the possibility you won't be able to play them, even for a season, is an unthinkable consequence to a moment Sean can't even remember.

"Sports is all I do," he said.

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