Water polo changed Nathan Allen’s life for the better. The Palatine High School junior wasn’t much of an athlete when he was younger, but he found a place in a sport that, to the spectator, looks like a cross between a water ballet and a mugging. The physicality and competitiveness transformed him, and he now plans to join the Marine Corps after high school. It has been a great experience, save for one issue: He keeps getting hit in the head.
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