She watched her son slowly walk out of wrestling practice with his head held down, a drastic change from the energetic kid who was always joking with friends.
LaTheda Noonan asked her seventh-grade son Damien Noonan what was wrong, and he simply replied he had a headache. On the drive home he hung his head and barely said a word. When they got home, he had to hold on to furniture and brace himself against the walls to walk across the room.
The mother had seen enough at that point and called a doctor, who told her to go to the emergency room. A doctor quickly diagnosed Damien Noonan as having a concussion without taking a scan, simply based on his groggy, listless behavior and the way his eyes were reacting.