Monthly Archives: July 2012

Return to Play Policies Leave Doctors Without Concussion Expertise in Tough Spot

John Reilly, an orthopedic surgeon in New York, told Staten Island’s local newspaper yesterday that the stakes have gotten bigger for doctors on the sideline that decide to hold a player out of a game.

“The landscape has changed,” he told the paper. “Up until now you made a clinical assessment on the field just to decide if a player had a significant head injury. You kind of erred on the side of precaution. You would keep him out of the game.

“It’s different now because once you take them out and define it as a concussion there’s a whole process in place to determine allowing them to come back to play.”

He added that the pressure on doctors is further intensified by the fact that most of them are not neurologists.

 

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Some NFL Plaintiffs Admit Feeling Negligible Effects from Concussions, Worry More About Future

Their attorneys probably weren’t happy, but several former Chicago Bears told veteran journalist Melissa Isaacson last week that their quality of life at present is decent. The future is what they are worried about.

Plaintiff Terry Schmidt, who played defensive back for the Bears from 1976 to 1984 and is the chief of dental services at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., said he took a standard test last month on the advice of a neurologist to establish a baseline. He scored 59 out of 60.

Schmidt indicated that one of the reasons he joined was the suicides of former players Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, and the link to past concussions.

“I want more awareness and places where we can go to get evaluated,” he said.  “Plus, if something catastrophic happens, I’d like for my wife to be taken care of.”

Former Brian Baschnagel is another one who says he currently isn’t experiencing any symptoms. He was initially “resistant to the emails and phone calls from former players and lawyers trying to persuade him to join one of the lawsuits,” according to the article.

“(But) you just never know what can happen five, 10 years down the road and once I get much older,” said Baschnagel.

To read the story, visit: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8206929/former-chicago-bears-conflicted-joining-concussion-lawsuits

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August Issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter Goes Live

For those of you who are focused on the legal side of the concussion issue, the August issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter has been posted. The issue features eight original stories:

  • Proving Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in  California Athlete Workers’ Compensation Cases
  • Assessment  and Prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury in High School, College, and  Professional Football: A Catastrophe Spinning Out of Control
  • Systematically Managing the Risks of  Sports Concussions
  • Fundamentals  Of A Concussion Policy: Education, Reaction, And Return
  • Insurance Coverage For Concussion Lawsuits
  • Concussion: Protecting Athletes and the Educational  Institution
  • New York Attorneys  Assess State’s New Student-Athlete Concussion Law
  • Concussion Litigation  against the NCAA Is Gathering Momentum

Subscribers to CLR will also have access to dozens of other stories in the archive.

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