Natasha's 16-year-old brother Zachary plays club select soccer and has "moved up the soccer ladder faster than Natasha did," says their mother Micky. This summer, Zachary participated in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. If he keeps performing well, he could be handpicked from a pool of athletes to represent the country in national and international competition. However, like his older sister, he has suffered multiple concussions. Micky, mindful of her son's dream as well as his long-term health, says it will be a "difficult decision" to pull Zachary from soccer if he receives another head injury.

"He's aggressive out there. He plays a lot like [Natasha]. It's very scary for me," Micky says.

After Natasha's initial testimony in front of the House of Representatives in Austin, she and her parents sat in a rotunda with former football players Robert Jones and N.D. Kalu. Jones won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys, and Kalu played ball at Rice University before embarking on a 12-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans.

David Goldstein spoke to Florida legislators about devastating effects from multiple concussions.
Photo by Michael McElroy
David Goldstein spoke to Florida legislators about devastating effects from multiple concussions.
Natasha Helmick once played a game half-blind after sustaining a concussion.
Photo by Mark Graham
Natasha Helmick once played a game half-blind after sustaining a concussion.

As the Helmicks chitchatted with the men, they noticed something just wasn't right mentally with these hulking athletes who had suffered countless concussions during their playing careers.

"When we left there for the day," Micky says, "Natasha turned to me and said, 'Mom, I could really tell. I hope I'm not that way when I'm their age.'"

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