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.
10 former National Hockey League players, including All-Star forward Gary Leeman, claimed in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn’t done enough to protect players from concussions.
I know what you’re all thinking: Why in the world would we allow him to play football? Believe me, my wife and I have been told by family and friends that we’re nuts.
A growing number of schools are turning to technology to identify concussions as soon as they happen on the football field.
Dorsett says his quality of life is deteriorating along with his memory. And when asked on WFAN radio if he’s dealt with depression or suicidal thoughts, the Hall of Fame running back admitted that yes, he has.
The debate has been swirling now for a number of years. With the recent publication of the book, “League of Denial,” and, more importantly — for our purposes — the “FRONTLINE” documentary of the same name, a more intelligent discussion can be had on the subject.
While medical science has progressed, true progress has yet to be made by the league regarding headshots. Players are still targeting the heads of fellow professionals, and are only receiving small bans for their actions.
In August the NFL settled a historic lawsuit involving head injuries, on Saturday local youth football players received an important and potentially life saving lesson.
Ryne Dougherty suffered a brain hemorrhage in an October 2008 game after he was allegedly returned to action prematurely following an earlier concussion.
Does this solve the same issues in the future for NFL players? Not at all. Does this solve the same issues for youth football players? Not at all. Can those issues be solved? Well, that’s the next billion-dollar question coming down the pike.
The NFL agreed Thursday to pay more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to settle lawsuits by Tony Dorsett and thousands of other former players who are suffering from dementia and other concussion-related brain injuries.
The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.
Evidence continues to mount that repeated concussions can lead to brain damage. As CBS 2′s Dr Max Gomez reported, brain disease and its associated symptoms can develop years before the final diagnosis.
A debate is raging around a popular high school sport on Long Island; should girls be required to wear helmets during lacrosse games?
The NFL and other organizations are heading up research program they hope will help improve safety and prevent concussions.