MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin defensive tackle Ethan Hemer stood on the practice field two years ago overcome with an intense feeling of sadness that he could not explain. All he knew was it began after his head hit the turf during a football drill.
It wasn't until later that Hemer realized he'd suffered a concussion.
"It's really hard to explain," Hemer said. "I had no reason to be sad, but I was just sad out on the practice field. I got really emotional. It was bizarre. And then I knew this wasn't right, so that's when I talked to the trainers."
Hemer's story is one shared by scores of college football players across the country. But only his willingness to report his symptoms allowed the training staff to properly assess the severity in a timely fashion.
The importance of responding to the body's signals in times of distress is a message Wisconsin's head trainer, Mike Moll, imparts on players at the start of each season. Concussions in football have become a hot-button issue as mo...