Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And the lawsuits begin?

.Interesting tidings in the NFL, with the resignation of Drs. Casson and Viano as co-chairs on the mild TBI committee. Now, teams will now be required to seek advice from "independent neurologists" (identified by the teams?) prior to approving a player to return after a concussion.

Interestingly, not all players are buying into the recent education and focus on concussion... while the Steelers have been pioneers in the effort to understand and manage concussions, some of their players are less convinced:
I can see some players or some teammates kind of questioning like, 'Well, it's just a concussion. I've played with concussions before. I would go out there and play.' So, it's almost like a 50-50 toss-up in the locker room (Hines Ward)

"We would have liked for him to play. If he had the opportunity, he should have played for us, but he didn't. And we didn't get the job done."(Santonio Holmes)
Perhaps the NFL is anticipating the long-term financial effects of litigation that may be coming down the pike?

Case-in-point: LaSalle University settled a lawsuit for $7.5 million to provide long-term support for a football player who sustained a 2nd catastrophic concussion in the absence of a proper concussion management program. LaSalle had since cancelled its football program...