Category Archives: CTE
Wilson Elser is hosting a webinar on March 4 that will address “Human Factors in Sports Concussion & CTE Litigation.”
The firm frames the discussion as follows: “There is no shortage of lawsuits brought against helmet manufacturers, sport administrators and governing bodies. Plaintiffs include former athletes who competed at all levels of their respective sport. They invariably claim that the manufacturer, the team or the governing body failed to give adequate warning about the risk of brain injury. Defense of these lawsuits turns on the adequacy of warnings and other communications. But what constitutes a sufficient warning?”
The featured guest panelist will be Joseph B. Sala, Ph.D., the leader of the Human Factors practice at engineering and consulting firm Exponent, which focuses on the cognitive, perceptual, physical, and developmental human factors issues relating to accidents and injuries. Wilson Elser partners Anthony Corleto and Anthony Strasius will join Dr. Sala in the discussion, which begins at 1 p.m. and lasts an hour.
To register, visit this link.
CLF co-founders react to concerning new study data: “Who will protect the brains of college football players?”
CLF’s co-founders Christopher Nowinski, Ph.D. and Robert Cantu, M.D. have advocated for more than a decade that the best way to reduce the negative outcomes of brain trauma in football is to reduce hitting in practice.
A new study published this week in JAMA Neurology found that 72% of concussions in college football over 5 seasons happened in practice, not games. What’s more, the two men note, while preseason training accounted for only around one-fifth of the time researchers studied, nearly half of concussions occurred during this period.
Nowinski and Cantu wrote an accompanying editorial, also published in JAMA Neurology, reacting to the findings.
They wrote: “Ultimately, whether college football players experience preventable concussions in practice or preventable degenerative brain diseases is in the hands of football coaches, football conferences, schools, and the NCAA, none of whom have done enough to reform college football practice, which leads us to ask: who will protect the brains of college football players?”
The litigation may have slowed when it comes to concussions. But certainly not the debate about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Just a couple years ago, those who questioned the threat of CTE in contact sports were considered to be in denial. That has changed, however, thanks to a better understanding in the medical community and the courts, who have reconsidered the prevalence of CTE as well as the assumption that it is a progressive, degenerative disease.
That debate over CTE will take center stage at 1 p.m. EST on December 1 when experts gather for a 1-hour webinar sponsored by Wilson Elser and Concussion Defense Reporter.
Presenters in the webinar include:
- Tannahill Glen, PsyD, ABPP (https://www.tannahillglen.com/)
- Rudy Castellani, MD (https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/neuroscience/faculty-labs/rudolph-j-castellani-md/)
- Anthony Corleto, Partner, Wilson Elser
- Anthony Strasius, Partner, Wilson Elser
Wilson Elser has been at the forefront of sports concussion law, representing clients nationwide, who are under assault by plaintiffs’ attorneys who are relying on the science around CTE in an effort to prove their claims.
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