According to a FtLeavenworthLamp.com report, a forum sponsored by the National Football League (NFL) and the United States Army was held to tackle the serious topic of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The forum aimed to explore how to protect soldiers and players from the long-term affects of concussions and TBIs, with the NFL honoring its August agreement to initiate efforts to protect its professional athletes. During a panel discussion, Lt. General David Perkins stated that this significant health issue is “not an Army problem. It’s not a football problem. It really is a health problem across our nation.”
In order to protect those who serve the U.S., the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an instruction in September requiring any military service member who may have been exposed to a “potentially concussive event” to be pulled off duty for at least 24 hours and given medical clearance before returning to duty. Any further exposures require a longer stay and more evaluation before reporting back. Read the rest »
An autopsy report recently released concluded that Ray Easterling, a former safety for the Atlanta Falcons, had a degenerative brain disease widely connected to athletes who have absorbed frequent blows to the head. According to a report from The New York Times, Easterling began coping with depression and dementia about a decade into his retirement. At age 62, the former National Football League (NFL) player died as a result of a self inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Richmond, VA.
Performed by a medical examiner in Richmond, the autopsy found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a progressive degenerative disease. The medical examiner concluded that this was the underlying major condition that “accounted for Easterling’s difficulties.” Read the rest »
According to an ESPN.com report, scores of lawsuits involving thousands of former National Football League (NFL) players affected by brain injuries and concussions have been consolidated into one master complaint, which may result in a very costly case for the organization. Attorneys for the players filed the complaint in federal court in Philadelphia, and the lawsuit names more than 3,000 plaintiffs with an estimated 2,500 players among that total and the remainder being made up of wives filing for loss of spousal support. The master complaint is a standard part of multidistrict litigation which allows for the consolidation of lawsuits that have common factual issues and allows for more efficient handling of pretrial issues.
The master complaint accuses the NFL of failing to provide information linking football-related head trauma to debilitating long-term health issues, such as brain damage and irreparable memory loss. The official complaint charges that the NFL was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows that produce concussive and sub-concussive results, and that certain members of the NFL player population were at a significant risk for developing “long-term brain damage and cognitive decline as a result.” In addition, the complaint alleges that the NFL turned a blind-eye to the risks of repeat concussions and failed to warn players and enforce appropriate safety regulations to protect its players. Read the rest »