Mitch White was sitting on his couch Thursday,, watching a rerun of a football game, when he saw news scroll across the screen he wasn’t sure could be right. The NFL had settled a lawsuit with 4,500 retired players over head injuries.
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
Injuries may be inevitable when playing high school football but, when it comes to concussions, parents and coaches are always looking for ways to better protect students.
The Texas House has approved a pilot program allowing parents to purchase concussion insurance for boys who play football and girls who play soccer.
A major medical group is updating its guidelines for handling amateur or professional athletes suspected of having a concussion.
The NFL is changing its rules to prevent ball-carriers from initiating contact with the crown of the helmet.
“We’ve encouraged them all to get that, with the emphasis that in 2014 that almost likely will be mandated for all of them,” O’Donnell said Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.
Chris Kaman’s frustration over being sidelined since Jan. 28 with a concussion caused him to criticize the NBA’s “concussion protocol crap’’ on Tuesday as he continues to undergo tests that might allow him to return to the team’s rotation no sooner than this weekend.
“Safety,” he said at his annual Super Bowl news conference, “is all of our responsibilities.”
Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman did not play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night because of a concussion.
Recent talk about the dangers on the football field have many parents questioning whether their kids should play, including the President of the United States.
Goodell discussed some of the rules that have been created to limit concussions. He says they are working, and there will be more changes as necessary.