Will Yeatman | Professional Football Player
Throughout Will Yeatman’s professional football career, he’s experienced injuries ranging from concussions to an ACL tear. After missing five games of the 2013 season due to an ACL tear, Will was eager to return to training camp.
In July of 2014, he sustained a concussion while training and began experiencing:
- Balance problems
Due to his symptoms, he did not play from July to September. During this time, Will felt frustrated he was not feeling like himself and could not contribute to his team. His team then referred Will to see Michael (Micky) Collins, PhD, at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
In September of 2014, Will traveled to Pittsburgh. He underwent a series of physical and mental testing including ocular and vestibular evaluations. Dr. Collins and his team were able to identify that Will’s concussion affected his vestibular cortex, which caused his balance problems.
Managing the Concussion
He was given a list of rehabilitation exercises to do over a three week period.
Thanks to his dedication to recovery and the care he received, Will was able to leave UPMC with not only the clearance to return to play but also a new understanding of concussion. His experience taught him that it is possible to rehabilitate a concussion and affect change that will help you return to a healthy state.
“I always felt confident I would play again but while waiting for improvement I began to feel doubtful. After my first visit with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, I knew I have a long career ahead of me. Today I feel confident, excited, and hungry.”
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