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Did Panthers Return Cam Newton To Saints Game With a Concussion?

More NFL concussion controversy has erupted after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a hit in Sunday’s wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints and appeared to suffer the symptoms of a concussion. But instead of going to the locker room as the League’s brand-new concussion rules require, Newton was evaluated on the sideline and returned to the game in four minutes. Just after Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison tackled Newton with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle David Onyemata pummeled Newton hard in the head. Newton was slow to stand back up and then, as he was ... Read More

NCAA, student-athletes reach agreement in concussion injury fund

The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and a group of former student-athletes have agreed to a $75 million fund established by the NCAA to compensate about 4 million players for sports-related neurological injuries. The announcement comes just months after U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee denied preliminary approval of an earlier deal due to concerns that the then-$70 million would not be enough to fund a medical monitoring program to examine former players with concussion-related injuries over the next 50 years. He also questioned whether the fund should include athletes from non-contact sports such as baseball and volleyball. Additions to ... Read More

Brain damage does not always cause symptoms in military veterans

Military veterans who have been exposed to blasts from bombs or grenades may still have brain damage even if they have no symptoms, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Researchers with Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., studied 45 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, dividing them into three groups – those who had been exposed to a blast and had symptoms of traumatic brain injury, those who had been exposed to a blast but showed no symptoms of brain injury, and those who were not exposed to a ... Read More

Judge refuses to approve NFL’s multimillion dollar concussion settlement for retired players

A Pennsylvania federal judge has refused to approve a $760 million multidistrict litigation settlement agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and former players who sustained long-term injuries from concussions. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said she was concerned that the league wasn’t putting up enough money to compensate all members in the class. The settlement is designed to resolve lawsuits from retired NFL players who alleged that the league did not do enough to protect players from concussions and other brain trauma nor did they do enough to address the long term risks of these injuries. The arrangement is designed ... Read More

FDA cracking down on companies selling products claiming to prevent, treat or cure head injuries

Some manufacturers of dietary supplements are trying to capitalize on the public’s rising concern over the seriousness of concussions, and are making false and dangerous claims that their products can prevent, treat or even cure brain injuries. Even if a supplement contained no harmful ingredients, that claim alone can be dangerous, says Gary Coody, National Health Fraud Coordinator with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is clamping down on drugs that make such claims, sending warning letters to the companies that manufacture the supplements and warning the public to avoid the products because their claims are not backed ... Read More

Seattle Seahawks owner funds head injury research project

Microsoft Corp. co-founder and Seattle Seahawk owner Paul Allen is investing $2.4 million to fund a two-year study into whether repeated blows to the head can cause dementia later life. It is a bold and generous move for the wealthiest football team owner in the country. Critics have argued that athletic groups including the National Football League (NFL) have been slow to accept the severity of brain injuries and their potential long-term effects. Recent studies, however, have shed a startling light on just how serious repeated concussions can be to players and raised questions about how concussions are diagnosed amid concerns ... Read More

NFL player quits midseason over sport’s toll on his health, says money isn’t worth it

Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt has made national headlines for quitting his lucrative National Football League (NFL) career midseason, a move that has elicited criticism from many who claim the player must be crazy. But for Moffitt, 27, the decision to leave wasn’t as difficult as some might imagine because he says the game has been taking an enormous toll on his health. As the New York Times explains, “in parts of three seasons as a guard with the Seattle Seahawks and the Broncos, Moffitt … blew out his knee, had elbow surgery and hurt his shoulders. Sleep apnea left him exhausted. ... Read More

Indiana plane crash survivor’s brain injuries require long-term care, lawyer says

An Oklahoma man who survived an airplane crash in Indiana earlier this year likely won’t recover from the traumatic brain injuries he sustained, his lawyer told the Associated Press. Jim Rodgers of Tulsa, Okla., and his son-in-law Chris Evans were passengers in a private jet owned and piloted by Tulsa businessman Wes Caves, who employed Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Evans in his automotive coating business, Digicut Sales. Mr. Caves was killed when the Hawker Beechcraft jet crashed into some homes as it was making an emergency landing at South Bend Regional Airport March 17. Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve ... Read More

Former college players file concussion lawsuit against Ridell, NCAA

Two former University of Oregon football players have proposed a class-action lawsuit against helmet maker Riddell Inc. and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) earlier this month, alleging they fraudulently concealed their knowledge of concussion risks from players, thereby exposing them to Alzheimer’s disease and other potentially debilitating brain disorders. The lawsuit was brought by John DuRocher and Darin Harris, both of whom say they were diagnosed with concussions after games. Mr. DuRocher claims that he has suffered frequent and severe headaches since his concussions, while Mr. Harris says that he suffers from memory loss, difficulty focusing, anxiety, and depression ... Read More

NFL settles concussion lawsuit with former players for $765 million

The National Football League (NFL) has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to resolve complaints brought by more than 4,500 former professional football players who accused the league of concealing its knowledge of concussion risks from players for decades. Many of the plaintiffs in the class-action case suffer from neurodegenerative disorders and disease linked by medical researchers to concussion and other forms of traumatic brain injury. Medical researchers are exploring links between repeated concussion and other brain injuries to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Alzheimer’s; and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – diseases which often result ... Read More