By John Marshall
AP Sports Writer 

Concussion forces high schooler to quit football early


September 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP, posted Sept. 5, 2016) — Despite all the rehabilitation, the headaches would not go away. The imbalance, while better, was still there. His speech improved, but vision and hearing issues persisted.

Months after the blow that caused his concussion, Rudy Ayala still had significant symptoms.

Though he loved playing football, the lingering problems, along with watching a friend suffer a similar injury, led Ayala to make a difficult decision: He walked away from football.

"I just realized the damage that can happen to your brain with a big blow like that and I didn't want it to ha...

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