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NCAA, NFL Collaborate on Football Safety

Top medical and sport science experts from the NCAA and NFL gathered for a first-of-its kind meeting this week.

 

Their goal? Share information and emerging data in hopes of making football safer for student-athletes and professionals alike. Both groups have devoted considerable resources in recent years to improving health and safety in football.

 

The meeting Monday and Tuesday at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis was a collaborative effort organized by the groups’ respective chief medical officers — the NCAA’s Dr. Brian Hainline and the NFL’s Dr. Allen Sills.

 

The organizations shared information regarding lower-body injuries, mental health and concussion, including emerging data from the ongoing $64 million NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study.

 

“This was a great interactive meeting where both organizations learned from each other,” Hainline said. “The NCAA presented cutting-edge material from the largest and most comprehensive concussion study in history as well as the Association’s mental health initiatives, which have led to a considerable cultural shift in how mental health is perceived in sport. The NFL provided key engineering data on helmet technology and lower extremity injuries vis-à-vis turf and shoe interactions.”

 

The two-day meeting included representatives from the NFL, the NCAA Sport Science Institute and sports medicine personnel from schools in Division I’s five autonomy conferences. NCAA President Mark Emmert and Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, also attended.

 

The NCAA contributed a wealth of information regarding not only concussion, but the overall well-being of college athletes — with a particular focus on the Association’s continued, comprehensive efforts to address physical as well as mental health and the new interassociation recommendations on the prevention of catastrophic injury and death in collegiate student-athletes.

 

The NFL shared information from recent studies regarding the mechanics of lower-body injuries and how a multitude of recent changes to equipment standards and rules have helped make the sport safer at the professional level.

 

The NFL and NCAA plan to continue collaborating by sharing vital health and safety information and data as it emerges, which stands to benefit the sport at every level.

 

“It is clear that both organizations have much to share and much to learn from each other,” Hainline said. “Such collaboration is critical for the future of safety in sport.”

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Wilson Elser Sponsors Concussion Defense Reporter, Bringing New Perspective to Concussion Litigation

National law firm Wilson Elser (www.wilsonelser.com) announced today its sponsorship of Concussion Defense Reporter (CDR), a free newsletter produced by Hackney Publications, the nation’s leading publisher of sports law periodicals.

CDR (https://www.concussiondefensereporter.com/) will shed light on the defense of concussion lawsuits, an area that often gets overlooked because of the tragic circumstances associated with some plaintiffs.

“There are a lot of good organizations that care about participants in their sport and the risk of brain injury,” said Tony Corleto, a partner and leader of the Sports Concussion defense practice group at the firm. “They train and educate coaches and athletes to play safer and minimize risk. At the same time, they face an onslaught of frivolous lawsuits. We believe it is important to highlight this kind of litigation and how we build a successful defense based on medical and scientific evidence.”

Wilson Elser has been at the forefront in advising clients and defending leading sports organizations and product manufacturers in sports concussion cases.

CDR subscriptions are complimentary. To subscribe to the quarterly electronic newsletter, visit: https://www.concussiondefensereporter.com/

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In Case You Missed the October 2017 Concussion Litigation Reporter

Published four weeks ago, here’s the table of contents for October 2017 Concussion Litigation Reporter, here’s the Table of Contents of that issue, which, as always, features “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:”

  • The NFL’s Head Injury Research and the Law: An Overview of Liability under the Voluntary Undertaking Doctrine
  • When Football Players Suffer from Concussions, Who Is Responsible?
  • Third Circuit Affirms Lower Court, Denying Relief to Parents of Concussed Football Player
  • Hockey Enforcer Unsuccessful at District Court, Appeals to Seventh Circuit
  • Researchers Identify Possible Biomarker for Diagnosing CTE During Life
  • Controversy Stirs as Youth Football Coach Is Suspended for Reinserting Player
  • Mother Alleges Doctor Broke for Concussion Protocol, Leading to Serious Brain Injury
  • Legal Infighting Marks Hearing on NFL Concussion Litigation in Philly
  • High School Football Participation Has ‘Peaked’, Further Declines Likely, Says CU Boulder Professor

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