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Concussion Legacy Foundation’s Nowinski Gets Active on Social on Eve of Super Bowl

(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.

Chris Nowinski

“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.

“Thanks to the amazing team at Fingerpaint for their work on this campaign. For information about the research behind the PSA, visit TackleCanWait.com

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

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Appeals Court: Use of Oklahoma Drill May Have Been Gross Negligence

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the April issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

A Pennsylvania state appeals court has reversed a trial court, and given new life to the claims of two student-athletes, who sued their coaches and their college after suffering head and spinal injuries during football practice.

In so ruling, the panel of judges found that questions remain about whether the actions of the defendants constituted gross negligence and whether the waiver they had signed should act as a shield to gross negligence claims.

This case involves personal injuries suffered by the plaintiffs on March 29, 2010, while they were participating in a tackling drill during the first day of spring contact football practice at a non-profit junior college in northeastern Pennsylvania and a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Traditionally, the school employed two athletic trainers to support the football program. In June and July 2009, both athletic trainers tendered their resignations to the school.

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N.Y. Assemblyman Questions the Nature of Football

While the Super Bowl was playing out, New York Assemblyman Michael Benedetto was busy suggesting a plan to prevent youth football leagues from allowing anyone 13 or younger to tackle

“Football is the only major sport where on every single play, the objective is to violently hit the competition,” said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto.

Dr. Robert Cantu, a leading expert, said “there’s unquestionably a movement afoot, which is wonderful.

“Basically, it boils down to the fact that a young person’s brain is more vulnerable to injury than is an adult brain,” Cantu, a proponent of no-tackle football, no heading in soccer and no full-body-checking in hockey for kids under 14, told the Associated Press.




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