In The Magazine: One Blow to the Head Can Last a Lifetime

Excerpt from the March issue of Heels Down Magazine:

By Justine Griffin

Imagine holding a half-dozen coins in the palm of your hand. Quarters, dimes, pennies. You know what they are but when you try to add them up, your mind goes blank. A dull ache kicks in at the back of your head.

Now you’re staring at the clock, clearly and squarely. You can see the numbers staring back, but your brain can’t register the time no matter how hard you try.

For five months of Chelan Kozak’s life, she couldn’t count numbers. For 152 excruciating days after a traumatic head injury, she didn’t know if she ever would again.

Heels Down Magazine is exploring the stories of equestrian athletes who’ve suffered from concussions, and the short and long term effects of the injury on their health and performance. This is the first story in an ongoing series.

Read the full article and much more in the March issue. Download the Heels Down Magazine app in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets: Subscribe for a year and get two months free!

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