Soccer player Curtis Baushke died after suffering multiple concussions, despite playing a “safer sport” according to The New York Times.

Sadly, Curtis wrote a paper titled “Concussions” for a college class five years before his death. In his essay, Curtis recalls gruesome migraine headaches after suffering concussions on the soccer field.

Curtis played soccer and baseball during his childhood. Although he excelled at both sports, he eventually chose to concentrate on soccer. “He wanted to play a safe sport like soccer,” his father, Bill Baushke, recalled.

During freshman year, Curtis suffered multiple head injuries while playing for the varsity team. He experienced postconcussive symptoms such as depression, dramatic mood swings and migraine headaches.