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NCAA and the Concussion Issue

Attorneys for four former college athletes and the NCAA are in the midst of a mediation process that could settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the governing body for college sports ignored a burgeoning concussion problem for decades.

Some experts believe the NCAA could have a harder time defending itself than the National Football League, which recently agreed to dole out $765 million to pay for injury settlements and medical monitoring and care for former players who suffered concussions and other brain injuries.

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Professor, team coordinate to study concussion effects

The Purdue women’s soccer team has teamed up with a trio of professors to better understand and hopefully prevent the prevalence of concussions in the sport.

Professors Eric Nauman, Tom Talavage and Larry Leverenz are in their sixth year of a collaborative study as the Purdue Neurotrauma Group.

 According to Nauman, the group’s biomechanics expert, the initial plan was to study soldiers and combat-related injuries, but the difficulty of obtaining subjects led them to turn to local athletes. The team is studying data from the Lafayette Jefferson High School football team for their sixth season, as well as the high school’s women’s soccer team. This is the Purdue football and women’s soccer teams’ first season partaking in the study.

Sports concussions linked to substance abuse, suicidal thoughts: research

Concussions are connected with substance abuse and suicidal thoughts in adolescents, new research presented at a St. Michael’s Hospital conference on sports-related brain injuries revealed Saturday.

The hospital’s third annual concussion conference, now called the Heads Up Conference, explored the relatively new terrain of connecting mental health issues with concussions, which commonly occur from playing sports such as hockey, soccer and baseball.

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NATA Issues Official Statement on Calling Crown of the Helmet Violations

On August 13th, 2013 the National Athletic Trainers’ Association released an official statement regarding the calling of crown of the helmet violations in an effort to ensure sports safety at every level of football participation and with the start of preseason games and practices soon underway. The statement recognizes the work of the NFL, NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations, which have studied injury patterns and created rules related to top of the head contact.

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There is no concussion-proof helmet

The Guardian spoke with Barry D. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H. of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York to learn more about the issues those retired NFL players are facing, what is being done to prevent those issues in todays game, and whether or not the sport of football is “safe”. Dr Jordan is a board certified neurologist with specialized interests in sports neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Athletic Commission and a team physician for USA Boxing, in addition to serving on the National Football League Players Association Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee and the NFL Neuro-Cognitive Disability Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Concussion Task Force and the Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee.


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Athletic trainers who butt heads with coaches over concussion treatment take career hits

This fall thousands of college football players will line up to participate in one of the country’s most popular and violent sports. In any given week, hundreds of those players will come off the field with concussions or other serious injuries.

Determining when those athletes return to play is the job of athletic trainers and team physicians, who are charged with keeping players out of harm’s way.

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Almost half of college athletic trainers feel compromised by coaches

Athletic trainers have been in demand over the past few years, with the rush of states passing youth concussion laws and guidelines for sideline protocols. Trainers in some states are legally required at most college and high school athletic events.

However, those same athletic trainers are not always welcome. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that some college football athletic trainers recently have lost their jobs because of clashes over concussion treatment.

But new research suggests that the medical staffs responsible for protecting college athletes often don’t have the authority to do so.

Nearly half of the major-college football trainers who responded to a recent Chronicle survey say they have felt pressure from football coaches to return concussed players to action before they were medically ready. The respondents included 101 head athletic trainers, head football trainers, and other sports-medicine professionals from the highest rung of college football, the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Three former football players suing NCAA over lack of concussion education

THREE FORMER college football players are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries.

Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007-2011, and Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972-76, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court yesterday in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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