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March 2016, Vol. 4, No. 9
Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.
Table of Contents
Former Wrestlers Team Up Against World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Regarding Concussions
Appeals Court Affirms that University Owed No Duty to Concussed Cheerleader
Concussion Legacy Foundation Praises Ivy League Football Coaches for Voting to Ban Live Tackling at Practices
After Nieto Fiasco, New Mexico Legislature Toughens Concussion Law
The Jeffrey Cruce Case: Lessons to be Learned
California Court of Appeal Delivers Legal Victory to Former NFL Player against Travelers Insurance
Experimental Drug May Limit Harmful Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
Lawmakers Introduce National Legislation to Reverse Troubling Concussion Trend
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By Brian Burnsed, of the NCAA
Nine schools have been added to the largest-ever study of concussion in sport.
The NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study enters its third year this summer and now includes 30 institutions across the country. The nine new schools will begin baseline screening for all their student-athletes this summer.
More than 170 schools have inquired about taking part in the study.
All student-athletes at each of the participating institutions receive a comprehensive preseason evaluation for concussion and will be monitored in the event of an injury. Data collected at each school are evaluated by a team of researchers led by Steven Broglio, director of the University of Michigan’s NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory; Michael McCrea, director of brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin; and Tom McAllister, chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
The researchers have collected more than 25 million data points from 16,000 student-athletes at the 21 institutions already participating. After adding nine new testing sites, researchers estimate that more than 25,000 student-athletes will take part over the course of the three-year study.
“The important expansion of the CARE Consortium to include a diversity of Division I, Division II, Division III and historically black college and university participants further solidifies this study as a groundbreaking initiative,” said Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer. “It is a remarkable collaborative and inclusive effort.”
The NCAA and DOD have dedicated $30 million to the concussion study and an initiative to spur culture change regarding concussion. Participating schools receive a portion of that funding to cover the cost of carrying out the research.
New participants in the CARE Consortium study
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania – Division II
University of Chicago – Division III
University of Miami (Florida) – Division I
University of North Georgia – Division II
University of Pennsylvania – Division I
Temple University – Division I
Wake Forest University – Division I
Wilmington College (Ohio) – Division III
Winston-Salem State University – Division II
In honor of my late husband John Mackey, I’ve started a fundraising campaign to help advance CTE research and concussion awareness. Our story is below. Please click here to donate.
John Mackey made a difference – in football, in business, and in life.
As a star tight end at Syracuse University, he quietly and peacefully made inroads into the discrimination that permeated society, building lifelong friendships that transcended ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds.
With the Baltimore Colts, John revolutionized the tight end position and was selected to the Pro Bowl five times, accomplishments that earned him a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and praise from Mike Ditka as “the greatest tight end to ever play the game”.
As the first president of the National Football League Players Association following the merger of the NFL and AFL, he fought for better pension and disability benefits for players, and gained the right to free agency that today’s NFL players still enjoy.
John’s advocacy efforts – his determination to give back – didn’t stop with the NFLPA or end with his NFL career.
He partnered with Jack Kemp to launch a non-profit that gave educational assistance to disadvantaged children. He actively supported the civil rights movement that changed the course of history. He reached out to others, whether it was to offer guidance on career choices or to advocate for recognition of an under-appreciated teammate.
That’s the kind of person John Mackey was.
Although dementia robbed John of his powerful voice, his private battle with the disease became the public face of the link between head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He was the catalyst for the 88 Plan that provides financial assistance for those affected, for the advocacy and fundraising efforts of his Baltimore Colt teammates that helped so many former NFL players, and for my own involvement in the Concussion Legacy Foundation. When John died on July 6, 2011, the widespread media coverage focused as much on these later-in-life accomplishments as on any of his achievements earlier in life. Even in illness and in death, he changed the world.
That, I believe, is John Mackey’s greatest legacy.
Like my husband, I want to make a difference, and that’s why I’ve joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s My Legacy campaign. In honor of John’s #88 jersey, my goal is to raise $88,000 – that’s 1,000 people donating $88 each or any variation – to continue John’s and my legacy. The funds we raise will propel CTE research forward; help educate athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators; and create reform to ensure that future generations of athletes will play safer.
I hope you will consider contributing to John Mackey’s legacy, and regard such a donation as an expression of your own legacy. You can click here to contribute to the campaign, and please forward to friends who are touched or inspired by the legacy left by my husband John Mackey.