The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and twice as often as the general population.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday and seeks class action status on behalf of current and former soccer players who competed for teams governed by FIFA and several U.S.-based soccer organizations.
College sports’ governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows.
To many-a-fan’s dismay, some players were noticeably ‘out of it’ and even collapsed after sustaining a head injury during play. While getting injured is something that can happen in any sport, certain protocols need to be followed to ensure player safety.
The settlement, negotiated over several months, is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retired players who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, dementia or other neurological problems.
Among the high-profile names that have sued the NFL in recent months, the one reported on Monday night really stands out.
“We want our kids participating in sports,” Obama said. “As parents, though, we want to keep them safe and that means we have to have better information.”
Namath understands why more parents these days are reluctant to let their children play football. “I can’t blame them. I can’t blame them,” he told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Jets legend Joe Namath says he’s “improved” after going through “some things medically” that could be tied to concussions suffered during his playing days.
President Barack Obama says football players know the health risks they’re “buying into.” But if Obama had a son, no way would he be allowed to pull on the pads.
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto said he believes the measure could potentially prevent young kids from getting concussions, which run the risk of causing brain damage.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new warning about certain dietary supplements, which are used by many people as a holistic approach to treat concussions.
The awards could reach $5 million for athletes with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases.
Doctors thus recommend resting the brain after a concussion, but experts have now advised that the rest in question should be far more extensive than previously thought.
I had a chance to speak with Bourne about his involvement in the lawsuit, his thoughts on player safety and even his take on this year’s Islanders squad.