Natasha Helmick goes up for a header during a soccer match and gets speared in the left temple by an opponent. The 14-year-old, a talented center midfielder playing in the choice Lake Highlands Girls Classic League, crumples to the ground. She can't see anything out of her left eye. Her coach asks if she's okay, but Natasha lies and says she's good to go. The coach puts her back into the lineup and she plays the remainder of the game, even though one eye sees darkness while floaters and sparkly objects dance in front of the other. She plays later that day, too, still without full eyesight. Her vision will eventually return, but five years and four concussions later, she's unable to recall much... More >>>
Natasha Helmick's athletic career effectively ended in the Lake Highlands Girls Classic League.