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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
- Paramount Pictures Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Brought by Family of Ex-Football Player Who Died After Suffering Multiple Concussions
- School District Plans to Make Youth Football League’s Use of Facilities Conditioned on Easing Away from Tackle Football
- Why is the Scottish FA banning children from heading footballs?
- Images of the Brain Can Be Used to Tell Lies
- Expert Shopping Steals the Headlines in the Concussion Litigation Arena
- Concussion Legacy Foundation’s Nowinski Gets Active on Social on Eve of Super Bowl
- Congressmen Introduce Bill to Improve Student Athlete Concussion Safety
- Indiana-based School Corporation Adds Extra Layer of Concussion Insurance
- Upcoming Concussion Conference Tackles a ‘New Understanding’ about CTE
(Editor’s Note: The following is one of nine stories that will appear in Concussion Litigation Reporter this week. To subscribe, visit here.)
Christopher Nowinski, Co-Founder & CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), is as influential as anyone when it comes to highlighting the dangers of sports concussions.
So it was no surprise that the CLF was behind the creation of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that generated a lot of buzz last fall.
Nowinski spent Saturday, they day before the Super Bowl, reminding everyone about those dangers on LinkedIn.
“Did you know that any future high school, college or NFL football player who starts tackle football at age 5 will have 10 times the odds of developing CTE than if he had started at age 14?” he wrote in a post.
“Our provocative ‘Tackle Can Wait’ PSA drives home the message that youth tackle football is unacceptably dangerous for children. The PSA, which shows youth tackle football players smoking while playing the game, is inspired by research showing that the risk of developing CTE is not correlated to number of concussions, but is instead correlated with the number of years playing tackle football. The research showed the link between tackle football and CTE may be stronger than the link between smoking and lung cancer. The Concussion Legacy Foundation‘s message to parents on Super Bowl weekend is simple: wait until age 14 to allow your children to play tackle football.
In the comment section below the post, he was asked about the study, which he dutifully provided: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6973077/pdf/ANA-87-116.pdf
Mother and Her Football-Playing Son Sue Youth Football Organizations over Concussion; Defendants File Objection
The mother of a Pennsylvania youth football player and her son sued the Warwick Midget Football League, Red Rose Midget Football League (which does business as Red Rose), and several individual defendants in September, alleging they were responsible for the traumatic brain injury that the son suffered during a football game.
The injury to the plaintiff’s son, L.R. Rettew, occurred on September 17, 2017 during a game. L.R. then complained to some of the individual defendants that he was experiencing “headaches, disorientation, while also displaying signs and symptoms of a head injury and/or concussion, including dizziness, disorientation and confusion.
“Despite the complaints, the defendants named herein allowed L.R. to return to the field of play, and he suffered multiple injuries, including, but not limited to, a traumatic brain injury and concussion.”
The plaintiffs further contend that the defendants “knew, or should have known, of the risk of head injury to L.R. when allowing him to continue,,,
(Editor’s Note:The rest of this article and many others can be viewed by subscribing to Concussion Litigation Reporter)