RAYNHAM--After taking a knee to the head in a high school soccer game, student-athlete Molly Caron suffered months of chronic migraines, experienced lapses in concentration and saw her grades slip.
The Raynham resident, a Former Miss Easton Outstanding Teen, now hopes sharing her experiences will help reduce the chances of other student-athletes suffering brain injuries. Second-impact concussions, which can occur when a player returns to the field too soon after suffering a concussion, can be particularly serious.
“It’s really, really dangerous,” said Caron, who is now a freshman soccer player at Emerson College. “It’s something you don’t want to mess around with.”
Caron is expected to testify on Beacon Hill today in support of a bill state Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, is sponsoring to make baseline concussion testing mandatory for all high school athletes statewide.