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NHL Concussion Lawsuit

H0ckey can be a tough sport.  Players routinely receive concussions from checks, falls and fights.  In fact, many great hockey players have had to retire due to concussions suffered over the course of their careers.  Hall of Famers Pat LaFontaine and Scott Stevens are just two of the better known players who have entered into retirement for this reason.  Sports Illustrated has assembled this gallery featuring some of the best known players whose careers have ended due to damage wrought by concussions.

http://www.si.com/nhl/photos/2013/04/17nhl-careers-ended-by-concussions

Of course, concussion is just another name for a brain injury.  Pat LaFontaine has been particularly active in educating others about brain injuries.  Below is a video on Brainline in which he describes the brain injury ordeals he experienced as a direct result of his career in hockey.

http://www.brainline.org/content/multimedia.php?id=898

A number of retired hockey players are following the example provided by former NFL football players and are seeking legal action against the National Hockey League.  These players have accused the NHL of not doing enough to prevent brain injuries, of not sufficiently informing players of the risk of brain injuries and of even encouraging the fights which can lead to these injuries.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2014/10/20/concussion-lawsuit-vs-nhl-filed-in-federal-court/17638661/

If the NHL lawsuit produces results similar to those seen in the NFL lawsuit, the NHL could stand to lose millions of dollars.

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

 

 

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NCAA and Brain Injury

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has agreed to pay a $70 million settlement which provides for testing in order to assess whether past and current college athletes have suffered brain injuries throughout the course of their participation in a wide range of sports.  Athletes with brain injuries can individually sue for damages due to their brain injuries on the basis of the results from this testing, but the settlement amount itself does not specifically involve any dedicated sum to pay athletes with injuries.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/11279710/ncaa-settles-head-injury-lawsuit-create-70-million-fund

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

 

NFL and Brain Injury

Somewhat quietly, the NFL is facing a monstrously large lawsuit.  Thousands of former NFL players are suing the league, claiming that the NFL hid information showing that the concussions suffered while playing football can lead to permanent brain injuries.  At present time the Associated Press reports that 3,377  former players are suing the NFL, including more than two dozen Hall of Fame players such as Eric Dickerson and Tony Dorsett.  This is approximately double the total number of players who are currently in the entire league!  Some estimate that the NFL could lose billions of dollars if it loses these cases.

Below are a few articles on this topic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/07/nfl-concussion-brain-trauma-lawsuit-players_n_1577497.html

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-08-20/nfl-concussion-report-series-statistics-study-brain-trauma-retired-players

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org