San Diego sports fans know that sometimes intensity during a game can lead to an injury for one of the players. From junior football leagues to afterschool hockey games all the way up to college and professional sports, a close game can be exciting and fun to watch as players work hard to win. For players, cheering fan, excited commentators, and praise from the media are a big part of the reward for doing well.
We have been covering brain injuries in football a lot recently as the problem of player safety and the hope of possible treatments have been in the news. Football's big day is coming up this weekend, and in addition to the usual speculation on which team will win and what the ads will be like this year, many are also turning their attention to the issue of brain injuries.
In a recent post, we discussed the groundbreaking research being done in California for brain injury victims that may provide a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients, which has not been possible before. Unfortunately, CTE has already affected many people and in some cases has been linked to suicides among patients who experienced severe depression and increased aggression because of the illness.
A study conducted using research from the University of California Los Angeles made a breakthrough in diagnosing a specific type of brain injury, according to recent reports. Experts at the neuroscience and human behavior institute there were able to successfully diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living patients for the first time. The results are limited to only give research subjects, but one of the co-authors described the finding as the "holy grail" of research in this area.
Last week, Junior Seau, a long-time member of the San Diego Chargers professional football team, committed suicide in his Oceanside home. Now, many are wondering whether Seau's death was the direct result of the concussions and other brain injuries that he likely suffered during his long football career.
Earlier this week, we talked about a recent report from the Associated Press in which professional football players admitted that they would be hesitant to leave a football game after suffering a concussion.
In recent months, we have written multiple blog posts on the pending lawsuits filed by several former professional football players against the National Football League. In those suits, the plaintiffs accused the NFL of negligently or purposely ignoring the potential for brain injury to football players, causing them to suffer concussions and other head trauma that has already or likely will lead to long-term brain injuries. You can read more about those head injury lawsuits in our earlier blog posts.
In August, seven retired professional football players filed a class action lawsuit against the National Football League, in what has become one of many suits accusing the NFL of either negligently or purposely ignoring the potential for brain injury to football players. Now, the NFL has filed a response to the lawsuit, alleging that the plaintiffs have no grounds to sue and asking the case to be dismissed.
Last month, we wrote about the California personal injury lawsuit filed by 75 former professional football players against the National Football League. In their suit, the players alleged that NFL officials negligently ignored and willfully concealed information about the potential long-term impact of multiple head injuries, only changing their tune after a 2009 Congressional committee ordered them to take head trauma more seriously.
Seventy-five former professional football players have sued the National Football League in a California court, alleging that the league negligently ignored and willfully concealed information regarding the potential long-term impact of multiple concussions and other head injuries on football players. The lawsuit is the first of its kind, and it comes at a time when lawmakers and the public alike have been increasingly focused on the effects of head and brain injuries in NFL players.