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Ohio ruling opens doors for decades-old CTE cases

The Ohio Supreme Court allowed a CTE lawsuit brought by a now-deceased Notre Dame football player to move forward, clearing a major statute of limitations hurdle. The ruling opens the door for former football players suffering from long-term brain injuries discovered years after their playing days to overcome initial statute of limitation defenses. The case was filed in 2014 by former Notre Dame football player Steven Schmitz and his wife against Notre Dame and the NCAA. Schmitz had played for the university from 1974 to 1978 and died in 2015. The lawsuit accuses the NCAA of failing to warn players ... Read More

Degenerative brain disease ‘strongly linked’ to football

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association strongly links the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) with North American football. Researchers found evidence of CTE in the brains of 177 of 202 deceased men who had played football in college or professionally for at least two years, and 100 of the 111 former National Football League (NFL) players in the study were neuropathologically diagnosed with severe CTE. The study was conducted by a group of investigators from the Neuropathology Service of the Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System and the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. ... Read More

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

CTE could be diagnosed before death with new information

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head, can currently only be diagnosed after an autopsy. But a new study shows that doctors may soon be able to diagnose patients with the disease while they are still living. When someone experiences head trauma, the brain releases a protein called tau. Repeated concussions can cause a build up of tau over neural cells that have been damaged. As the protein slowly spreads through the brain, brain cells die, leading to symptoms like dementia, agitation and aggression. The condition has been diagnosed in dozens ... Read More

NHL tries to skirt head injury claims by denouncing CTE research

Ice hockey is considered one of the most violent contact sports, but the National Hockey League (NHL) begged to differ when it was faced with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the league hid the dangers of head injuries from professional players and encouraged aggressive behavior in the games. The NHL argued against the collective knowledge of medical experts and scientists by arguing there is not a link between repeated head blows and the much-talked about degenerative brain disease CTE. Researchers have found that when a brain is concussed, proteins called tau are released in the brain. Repeated head ... Read More

More former NFL players agree to donate brains to science to further CTE research

Thirty more former National Football League (NFL) players have agreed to donate their brains to the world’s largest brain bank to help researchers better understand the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition linked to repeated head blows. Those who recently agreed to participate in the Concussion Legacy Foundation program include offensive lineman Randy Cross, Pro-Bowl guard Keith Sims, and Pro-Bowl cornerback Shawn Springs. The former players are among more than 1,400 former athletes and veterans who have pledged to donate their brains to the program, a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University, and the ... Read More

Former hockey players claim NHL failed to warn about concussion risks

The National Hockey League (NHL) condoned its players picking fights with each other during games, possibility increasing their risk of head injury, according to attorneys representing former players. A group of former players are asking a Minnesota federal court to certify a class of players who claim the NHL failed to warn them of the risks of repeated head blows sustained during play and the long-term effects of such injuries. The claims are similar to those of other high-impact sporting leagues, including the National Football League’s $1 billion settlement soon to be inked. The agreement provides regular monitoring of players and financial ... Read More

High court refuses to take another look at NFL concussions settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to look into claims by former football players suing the National Football League (NFL) over repeated concussions and head injuries. The players alleged the $1 billion uncapped settlement did not go far enough, and leaves retired athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) out in the cold. The Supreme Court denied without explanation a challenge by 30 former players to review a unanimous Third Circuit decision earlier this year that supported the agreement. The ruling paves the way to solidify the agreement between both parties. Both the NFL and a larger pool of retired players have ... Read More

Study casts doubt about effectiveness of youth athlete concussion program

Nearly four out of 10 (38 percent) school athletes who were examined for concussions at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children sports clinic in 2014, returned to the game the same day they suffered the head injury and without being cleared by a medical professional, according to a study conducted by researchers the Dallas hospital. The study involved 185 school athletes who were examined at the hospital’s sports clinic in 2014, and cast a dark shadow of doubt over efforts to quell the number of sports related head injuries, especially among young athletes. Repeated head blows and concussions increases the ... Read More

NHL offers several defenses in former players’ concussion lawsuit

The National Hockey League (NHL) offered up 26 possible defenses in response to a former player’s lawsuit in Minnesota federal court alleging the league hid effects of repeated concussions or head blows. The possible defenses are in response to the player’s second amended complaint in a consolidated class action against the league, and means the NHL does not necessarily believe it will succeed on each of the 26 defenses but raised them to preserve them for later. Among the league’s defenses: players cannot pursue their claims as a class action, and the NHL’s marketing of the game is protected by ... Read More