Monthly Archives: March 2016

NFL Seeks Retraction: See Letter Below

The NFL is seeking a retraction with regard to the article that was published last week, comparing the league’s actions to that of Big Tobacco when it tried to delay an established link between cigarette smoking and cancer.

And if a retraction isn’t forthcoming, the NFL seems poised to take legal action:

“We also request that the Times’s reporters and editors who worked on this story preserve their notes, correspondence, emails, recordings and work papers and all other electronic and hard copy documents generated or received in connection with their work.”

For the full letter, visit:


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New Jersey Trainers Give their Highest Award to Congressman Championing Concussion Awareness

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) has recognized Congressman Bill Pascrell with its 2016 ATSNJ Presidential Award, given to those who have made “an impression on the profession of athletic training within New Jersey.”

The Presidential Award is the ATSNJ’s highest civilian award. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. was selected due to his “dedicated service to concussion awareness and treatment as well as his devotion to sports safety.”

As the co-Chairman and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Congressman Pascrell has raised the nation’s awareness of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was identified as the “signature injury” among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Congressman Pascrell has worked to make sure that our soldiers are properly screened and diagnosed for concussions. He continues to fight for TRICARE insurance coverage to pay for cognitive rehabilitation therapy – the most effective treatment for soldiers recovering from TBI.

After the tragic death of Montclair High School football player Ryne Dougherty in 2008, the congressman’s efforts against the dangers of TBI have expanded to help protect young athletes. On Sept. 30, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congressman Pascrell’s Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act. The legislation calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines and protocols for the management and treatment of sports-related concussions for the benefit of the nation’s student-athletes.

ATSNJ President Eric Schwartz states, “It is a privilege to be giving the 2016 ATSNJ Presidential Award to the Honorable Bill Pascrell for his continued work in the prevention, education, and treatments of brain injuries. Congressman Pascrell has been at the forefront for promoting concussion research and supporting athletic trainers as medical experts when it comes to concussion. We at ATSNJ thank the congressman for his support of the profession of athletic training and making athlete safety a priority!”

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Major League Lacrosse Joins Concussion Legacy Foundation to Host 2016 Concussion Awareness Week

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced it will partner with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to host the first ever MLL Concussion Awareness Week June 5-11, which will be celebrated at five different MLL home stadiums. Throughout the week, the organizations, teams and players will engage fans and the lacrosse community through social media and events to educate on the seriousness of concussions.file000726425941 (1)

The announcement marks a continuation of a strategic partnership between MLL and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to solving the concussion crisis through research, policy and education. The partnership highlights the importance of player safety, and this year again includes concussion education presentations provided by the Foundation for each MLL team.

“We pride ourselves on having the most progressive player safety program in professional sports, and our continued partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation is paramount to that mission,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “With Concussion Awareness Week, we will use our platform and the Foundation’s unparalleled expertise to raise awareness of the importance of concussion prevention and management.”

The Concussion Legacy Foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. MLL first began its partnership with the Foundation in 2013 with the development of a comprehensive concussion program focusing on research, education, prevention, diagnosis and management, with innovations such as the concussion check and the concussion caretaker model.

“We are thrilled to partner with Major League Lacrosse for Concussion Awareness Week,” said Concussion Legacy Foundation executive director Chris Nowinski. “Concussion awareness is a shared responsibility, and this is a great opportunity to partner together and promote prevention and proper management of concussions for our country’s fastest-growing sport.”

In addition to the Concussion Awareness Week programming, MLL has named the Concussion Legacy Foundation its 2016 All-Star Game charity beneficiary. The 2016 All-Star Game will take place Saturday, July 9 at Cal State Fullerton, in Orange County, California. For more information on the game, click

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