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Brain Injury Association of America Announces Awareness Month, Capitol Day in Washington, D.C.

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury. The theme for the 2015-2017 awareness campaign is Not Alone.

More than 2.5 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States every year, and an additional 1 million face the effects of non-traumatic brain injuries, like stroke. Estimates indicate that 5.3 million Americans live with brain injury-related disabilities at a cost exceeding $82 billion annually.

“People living with brain injuries want the same things we all want – a good job, someone to love, a comfortable home, and fun in their lives,” commented Susan H. Connors, President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “They want to be defined by who they are as people, not by their injuries.”

The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available. Information on Brain Injury Awareness Month, including educational material and downloadable collateral, is available at biausa.org/NotAlone.

The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), has designated March 22, 2017, as Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. This day provides an opportunity for advocates from around the country to network and discuss key issues surrounding brain injury. Additional information can be found at biausa.org/Awareness2017.

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Conferences Addressing Sports Concussion Coming Up this Spring

(Editor’s Note: Here is one of two conferences featured in the latest issue of Concussion Litigation Alert)

Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health Conference

Harvard Law School in Milstein West will host a 2017 Sports Symposium on March 7th entitled “Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health.”

While details are still being finalized, it is currently scheduled to include the following:

  • Concussion Legacy Foundation Presentation: A presentation by Chris Nowinski and the Concussion Legacy Foundation;
  • Team/NFL/NFLPA Panel: A panel discussing football player health from the perspective of teams, the NFL, and the NFLPA (including Arthur McAfee of the NFL and Kevin Warren of the Minnesota Vikings);
  • NCAA Panel: An NCAA-focused panel (including Oliver Luck of the NCAA, Coach Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth/MVP Mobile Dummies, and Brant Berkstresser of Harvard Athletics/Harvard Sports Medicine);
  • Player Panel: A football player panel (including Andrew Hawkins and Stephon Tuitt)
  • Keynote (address or moderated conversation)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a Gold Sponsor of the event. For more information, contact codonnell@jd17.law.harvard.edu

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Concussion Litigation Reporter February Table of Contents

February 2017, Vol. 5, No. 8

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

Michael Peluso v. Calgary Flames et al: Violating Discovery Obligations Has Consequences in Concussion Case

Going Behind the NFL’s Recently-Released Concussion Numbers

Riddell Lashes Out at Plaintiffs’ Firm Over Latest Concussion Lawsuit

Headers Come Under More Scrutiny; Is a Comprehensive Ban in the Future?

Professional Soccer Player’s Amended Concussion Lawsuit Omits Team

World Rugby – Is a Tougher Approach to Head Contact Enough to Tackle the Growing Issue of Concussion?

Conferences Addressing Sports Concussion Coming Up this Spring

Brain Protein Predicts Recovery Time Following Concussion

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