“You don’t really think of 21-year-old athletes having strokes,” Kohout told the Badgers' athletic department website. “But I’m glad that we caught it early and I can still do a lot of the things that I love to do.
“As much as I love football, life has a lot of other things to offer as well."
In an era of the game that's beginning to focus around the health of players--especially with the brain--this is yet another eye-opening case. Actually, it's pretty scary:
"It starts with a light flash, light streaks; migraine sufferers call it an aura," Kohout told the team site. "Tunnel vision would kind of form and it was followed by pretty intense pain; sometimes vertigo, too. I'd have them every time I had contact in practice … I woke up one day with streaks of light and I had them the whole day. It was pretty awful."
The 21-year-old junior lineman started seven games in 2010 as a redshirt freshman and played in all 14 games off the bench as a sophomore, compiling a total of 22 tackles. He was also named Academic All-Big Ten both years.
Kohout will take a medical redshirt and will help out with the team this season as a student assistant coach.
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