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Publication Examines Concussion Litigation from the Defendant’s Perspective

The latest Concussion Defense Reporter reports on the developments in youth football, soccer, science, protective gear related to the defense of concussion claims. Of particular interest – the United States District Court, Central District of California granted Summary Judgment to Pop Warner Football in a CTE–wrongful death case two days after Christmas, and two weeks before trial was to start, and the New York State Appeals Court affirmed dismissal of a college soccer player’s PCS / second hit claim, based on primary assumption of the risk.

Just as compelling is an upcoming concussion conference that tackles what organizers are calling a “New Understanding” about CTE.

The debate over CTE will take center stage on the morning of April 15 in Indianapolis when experts gather at the Sheraton Indianapolis Centre to discuss CTE & Sports – A New Understanding.

The moderated panel discussions will examine:

  • The State of the Science;
  • Cases in the News; and
  • Best Practices for Sports Administrators.

Among the already confirmed panelists are Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s Chief Medical Officer, Uzma Samadani, MD; Rudy Castellani, MD; Joe Sala, PhD; Bill Barr, PhD; and Tom McAllister, chair of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine.

For more information, visit: https://www.wilsonelser.com/news_and_insights/speaking_engagements/1366-cte_sports-a_new_understanding

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Table of Contents from the February Issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter

February 2020, Vol. 8, No. 8

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.

Table of Contents

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Fourth Annual NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance Concussion Conference Set for April 23

The NCAA Sport Science Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will host the Fourth Annual Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conference: A New Era of Scientific Collaboration on Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time at the Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The conference, designed for  athletic trainers, team physicians, sports medicine clinicians and athletic health care administrators from NCAA member schools and other key stakeholders in sport-related concussion will build on the 2017-19 NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance Concussion Conferences. During this conference, concussion experts and researchers will share preliminary and recently publicized information from the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance, the largest concussion study and educational grand challenge ever conducted.

Previous Conferences:

  • Researchers shared preliminary findings from the largest-ever study of concussion in sport at the first annual sport-related concussion conference hosted by the Pac-12 Conference at the University of California, Los Angeles. Read more about the event.
  • The Second Annual NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conference was held on Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 at Eisenhower Hall on the USMA campus in West Point, NY.  Download the conference syllabus.
  • The Third Annual NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance Concussion Conferencewas held on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019 at the Discovery Building on the campus of University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.  Download the conference syllabus.
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