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Discussion on NCAA and Concussions Steals the Show at Harvard Law School Symposium

(Editor’s Note: What follows is original reporting in Concussion Litigation Reporter from Eugene Egdorf of Shrader & Associates. To read the full article, please subscribe at http://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

On March 7, 2017, Harvard Law School held its annual Sports Symposium. This year’s topic was entitled “Legal & Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Safety.” The event included the most well- speakers known on this topic – folks such as Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu, co-founders of Concussion Legacy Foundation; Keynote Speaker DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA, and Michael McCann, University of New Hampshire Law Professor and writer for Sports Illustrated.

While the title of the event emphasized the NFL, the real highlight was the panel discussion pertaining to the NCAA, which included the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Oliver Luck.

The discussion of the science on concussions and head trauma was led by Dr. Cantu with additional data provided by Chris Nowinski. Several significant points were brought out:

  1. Contrary to the operating myth from the NCAA and NFL, concerns over head trauma, concussions, and what we now know as CTE did not become known in the late 2000’s, but rather in the 1930’s, with articles and concerns for “punch-drunk football players” – just like boxers.
  2. The CTE problem is far more pervasive and the future far darker than folks want to admit. Boston University researchers have thus far examined 151 brains of former college football players, and have found CTE in 138, or 91 percent. While thus far no longitudinal studies have been done, it appears that if anything CTE and its symptoms are UNDERREPORTED. And every head trauma adds to the risk – as Dr. Cantu said ” the best analogy to CTE is cigarette smoking.”
  3. Science does not yet know what exposure levels are necessary to cause CTE. Onset appears to vary. But it has been found in teens. There seems to be little doubt that CTE can arise in anyone that has head trauma, and more hits makes it more likely CTE will develop.

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August Issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter Goes Live

August 2016, Vol. 5, No. 2

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.

Articles

• Court Doesn’t Buy Chubb’s Privacy-Based Argument in Concussion Case

•Will Risk Homeostasis Figure in Hornung’s Lawsuit Against Riddell?

• Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Its Link to Repetitive Head Trauma in Sports: A Research Update

•Unnecessary Roughness: FTC Sacking Claims About Brain Health

•Evaluating the Legal and Policy Response to Concussions — a Skeptical View

•Arbitrator to Decide Case Involving Concussion Prevention Program

•Football Concussion Update: Player-on-Player Hits Cause More Serious Head Impacts

•NHL Commissioner Bettman Argues There’s No Evidence Supporting Link Between Hockey and Brain Trauma

•Family of Player Who Died from Concussion-Related Injuries Settles with NCAA, Maryland

 

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Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Set to Speak at Conference on Legal Issues in Brain Injury

Randall H. Scarlett, the principal at the Scarlett Law Group, a San Francisco-based law firm that represents “people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of the negligence, recklessness and the intentional actions of others,” will serve as a speaker at the 26th Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Brain Injury to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The conference, which is being hosted and organized by the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS), will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans.

Scarlett will be joined by Ronald Savage, EdD, as the two discuss pediatric traumatic brain injuries on September 19, from 4:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.

In addition to being active in NABIS, Scarlett is a member of the Brain Injury Association of America, North American Brain Injury Association, and Marin Brain Injury Network. He is also a past Vice-President and a current member of the Board of Directors of the California Brain Injury Association (CALBIA). He serves as CALBIA Seminar Chair, and is responsible for the Annual Medical/Legal Educational Conference.

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