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Junior still feels effects of elbow to the cranium

Mal Meston, Sports Editor

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Sports is all junior Ellery Rose has known since she was 5 years old.

If she wasn’t on the volleyball court, she could be found on the basketball court or the softball diamond.

But on Jan. 7, 2016, Rose took a nasty elbow to the left side of her forehead during a JV basketball game.

“During the play, I was on defense when a girl playing for Muskegon went in for a layup leading with her elbow, which went right into the side of my forehead,” Rose said. “As soon as it hit, it was a rush of pain.”

The elbow to the forehead caused a severe concussion. The concussion lasted three and a half months.

Rose said her cranial bones shifted backwards causing her to get frequent headaches, become nauseous and dizzy, and made caused her body to shake at random times.

“I was forced to take a lot of time off,” Rose said. “I had to work really hard to get back into sports. I also had to focus a lot more on my school work and put more effort into all of it. Balancing school and sports became a lot more difficult. My brain was involved in a lot of things that I can’t control, so I had to ease my way back into things.”

Rose said she still gets frequent headaches along with the shaking of her body. This fall volleyball season, she said she got a few really bad headaches. Her body began to randomly shake and tremble like it had before. She sat out for one volleyball tournament but was able to finish out the end of the season.

“It feels really good to be playing again because sports are a big part of my life and who I am,” said Rose, who decided not to play basketball this winter. “I having been playing sports for basically my whole life, so it’s good to be back doing what I love.”

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