Category Archives: College

State Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of Concussion Case

(Editor’s note: The following synopsis is from a case summary that will appear in the December issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

A state supreme court has affirmed the ruling of a district court, which dismissed the claim of a college athlete, who alleged that the school was negligent when it allowed him to continue to compete after he suffered a concussion.

Central to the court’s ruling was its conclusion that the lower court did not abuse its discretion when it struck expert affidavits of the plaintiff.

The plaintiff in the case was a student athlete, who, each year as an active member of the team, signed liability waivers releasing his school from any claims for damages or injuries sustained while participating in athletics.

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Concussion Expert Wants Body Checking Eliminated from Hockey for Those Under 16

Dr. Charles Tator, a professor of neurosurgery at Toronto University, recently told the media that more should be done to”change “the culture of the game” of hockey.

Specifically,: “I would prefer body checking be eliminated until the age of 16,” he said.

He went on to offer two more observations.

“The bottom line is that every concussed person should be seen by a doctor.”hockey

Second, “Everybody recovers at a different rate. If you don’t do it properly, you will prolong the recovery process. ,,, It’s very important not to get a second before your recover from the first.”

Tator’s credentials bring credibility to his commentary. He is the founder of the “Think First Foundation,” which is devoted to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries among Canada’s children. He also received the USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award for his work on prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries in hockey as well as the lifetime achievement award from the American Spinal Injury Association.

In addition, Tabor developed the first acute spinal cord care unit in Canada and is currently exploring the possibility of transplantation of adult spinal cord derived stem/progenitor cells after experimental spinal cord injury. He has over 300 peer reviewed academic papers on spinal cord injury and repair and has trained over 30 research scientists in his laboratory over last two decades.

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Study: Oxygen Therapy Treatments Work the Same as a Placebo

The Army Times has reported that a study suggests that Oxygen therapy is no better than a placebo for treating post-concussion syndrome.

“New research finds that oxygen therapy, administered in the same type of pressurized chamber used to treat scuba divers for decompression sickness, works no better than compressed air for treating troops with lingering symptoms of concussion,” according to the media outlet.

The aforementioned study was reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. “In research involving 72 service members with chronic post-concussive symptoms, physicians found that patients who received a series of 40 oxygen therapy treatments in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber did see significant improvements in their symptoms — but so did those who were treated with slightly pressurized regular air in a chamber,” according to the Army Times.

The full article can be viewed at:

http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/benefits/health-care/2014/11/17/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-concussion-tbi/19183763/

 

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