Blogs

NCCA urged to warn college football players of long-term brain injury risk

Posted by Sarah Showard | Aug 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Braininjury

For five of the past six seasons, attendance at NCAA football games has broken records. Nearly 49.7 million attended college football games last year, according to the NCAA, which doesn't include the 127 million who watched TV games. What the audience and, most importantly, the players themselves aren't aware of is the potentially devastating long-term damage collegiate football athletes face from concussions.

The Sports Legacy Institute, a Boston-based non-profit agency, is asking the NCAA to warn college athletes about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder linked to repetitive brain injuries. While NFL players are warned about CTE, which manifests itself in myriad ailments including depression, memory loss and early dementia, college players aren't given enough information so that they can choose whether to risk injury, the SLI says.

“We need to appreciate the irony of asking scholarship athletes to trade a free education for the risk of a degenerative brain disease that may minimize the benefit of that education,” former Harvard University football player and SLI co-founder Chris Nowinski said in a statement. “Athletes deserve to have informed consent and the opportunity to modify their behavior based on established science.”

After years of ignoring pleas from former players and the medical community, the NFL began informing pro players about brain injury risks about three years ago. Still, more than 2,200 former players allege in lawsuits that they were affected by CTE. Some say CTE might have led former star NFL player Junior Seau to kill himself on May 2. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, among the legal issues arising from the NFL lawsuits is whether the brain injury occurred during college or high school football games.

Further reading:

About the Author

Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Showard Law Firm-Tucson's Local Law Firm for defective drug & medical device claims.

Showard-law-firm-group-photo

Showard Law Firm is dedicated to compassionate representation for our clients who have been injured by defective products, dangerous drugs or the negligence of any individual or company. We are experienced in litigation and ready to ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries, medical bills, mental anguish and other losses.

Showard Law Firm celebrates 10 years

10th-anniversary-showard

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Showard Law Firm. After 18 years of practice, and a prior ten-year partnership, Sarah Showard and her longtime assistant, Maria De La Rosa, opened the doors of Showard Law Firm in October 2006. Sarah and everyone at Showard Law Firm is proud to serve Southern Arizona as the local law firm for defective drug and medical device claims and personal injury.