Super Bowl 50: NFL fans have concussions on the mind

It’s Super Bowl season, parties are planned, tickets are sold out, and the fans are abuzz. It’s one of the biggest annual sporting events in the world, but this year the talk isn’t all about Broncos and Panthers. The big talking point for Super Bowl 50 and this entire season has been concussions.

The recent discovery that the death of former Iowa born NFL player, Tyler Sash, was linked to CTE, along with the recent movie Concussion, have brought discussion of concussions and other brain/spinal personal injuries in sports into the public eye.

CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) is a degenerative disease that has been found among people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, such as concussions. The effects of CTE include depression, aggression, memory loss, and dementia. While it has been found in boxers since the 1920s, its frequency among football players and other athletes has only become apparent in recent years.  Current medical practices are only able to detect CTE postmortem.  However, medical research teams are fervently working to develop a method to diagnose CTE during life, which will greatly expand our knowledge of this brain disease.

A number of former athletes who have sustained repeated concussions, have alleged that the risks of brain injury were concealed from them or that the injuries were caused by a failure to implement or follow policies to detect concussions and limit return to play.  Some injured athletes have hired sports injury lawyers to help them recover compensation for the permanent injuries they have suffered and medical bills they have incurred when negligence was involved.  At the same time, fans are closely watching the leagues to see what effect brain injuries in sports will have on their favorite pastimes. Already there are many youth football leagues that are eliminating some special teams plays, because they have a higher occurrence of brain and spinal injuries, and the NHL recently imposed new icing rules to reduce dangerous collisions. Further changes to NFL rules and the rules of football are expected as more issue’s like CTE come to light.

Protecting players from the dangers of repeat concussions can be just as important off the field as on.  Sports injury lawyers have played an increasingly important role in protecting amateur and young athletes from the dangers of successive head injuries by forcing associations and school districts to adopt and implement state-of-the-art concussion protocols to detect brain injuries and prevent young athletes from returning to play before they have fully recovered.  Legal action can hold organizations accountable while helping injured athletes recover past and future medical costs.

Athletes who have suffered catastrophic personal sport injuries, such as brain injuries and spinal injuries, should contact an experienced sports injury lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation in Montana.