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Lawsuit Filed by NFL Players Against the League

by | Jun 15, 2012 | Brain Health, Sports Injury | 0 comments

On June 7th, more than 2,000 former NFL players filed a lawsuit, the biggest sports lawsuit ever, against the league for concealing information linking football injuries to long-term brain damage. These accusations state that the league intentionally misled the players about the consequences and long-term effects of concussions and brain injuries. The NFL has denied these accusations, and said that in contrast they have taken many actions to protect players and improve the management and treatment of concussions.

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Over the past several years, the number of concussions in sports has been on the rise, including that of young high school students. Many people- coaches, trainers, parents, and especially the person who sustained a concussion- do not know how to detect a concussion, nor properly manage concussions. This widespread lack of knowledge on the subject is what results in permanent, long-term brain damage, and in some cases, death.

In just the last few years, the degenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has come to light. This disease which causes the detioration of one’s mental state is most commonly associated with former atheletes who have sustained multiple concussions and blows the head. Unfortunately, however, doctors and researchers have not been able to detect the disease in the individual’s brain until they are already dead. Dave Duerson, former Chicago Bears player for example, was diagnosed with CTE after he shot himself in the chest in 2011. In recent years, this horrific story has not been uncommon, with stories such as that of former NFL player Junior Seau.

One reason I dedicate myself so whole-heartedly to this subject is not only because I am a surivor myself, but also because of people like Dave Duerson. Individuals who have not been treated and cared for properly and consequently end up suffering severely damaging, long-term brain injury. The second edition of my book Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, will not only contain information about the treatment and management of concussions, but it will also contain information on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Coaches, trainers, parents, and young kids need to be educated and informed on concussions, as well as brain injuries, and how to deal with them properly. With all of the knowledge and ways to obtain it in today’s society, these events can absolutely be prevented. Additionally, as a survivor of multiple brain injuries, I know that they can also be helped after they happen.


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