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Brain Injury Turns Deadly for Georgia High School Football Player

An undetected brain injury turned deadly for a 16-year-old Georgia high school football player who complained of feeling unusual during a Sept. 28 game before he collapsed on the sidelines. Dylan Thomas, a junior at Pike County High School and linebacker on its home team, the Pirates, took a hit during a play in the second quarter against Peach County High School. Some fellow players said Dylan seemed unfazed until into the third quarter when he said he wasn’t feeling right. Head coach Brad Webber told reporters at an Oct. 1 news conference that the game was stopped in the ... Read More

Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw takes Ice Bucket Challenge, reveals he has ALS

Former Tennessee Titans football player Tim Shaw revealed this week in a video posted to the Titans website that he has the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS for which thousands of people are taking the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. During the video, the former linebacker and team captain dumped a Gatorade bucket full of ice water over his own head and challenged the Titans organization, the Penn State football team, coach James Franklin, and his community in Clarenceville, Mich., to do the same. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against the disease,” said the 30-year-old ... 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

NFL asks judge to throw out thousands of brain-injury complaints

The NFL has asked a federal judge to throw out more than 200 lawsuits filed against it by nearly 4,200 former players and their families who allege the league has known about the dangers of concussions and other head trauma for decades but “ignored, minimized, disputed, and actively suppressed” that information. Thousands of former professional football players are either living with the devastating effects of degenerative brain disease brought about by sports-related concussions or living in fear that their future may hold a similar fate. One of the first tasks for U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who was assigned to ... Read More