College Football Athletes Are at Risk
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) serves as the governing body of athletics for over 1,500 colleges, universities, and organizations. The NCAA’s mission is to “emphasize student-athlete safety” and NCAA claims the experience will enrich student-athletes through safe and reasonable standards. However, the stark truth is many student-athletes suffer debilitating injuries that lead to long-term medical issues. Football concussions are the biggest focus and many questions have been raised about how the NCAA deals with head injuries.
Diseases & Injuries Associated with Concussions
Concussions can result in a wide range of diseases and injuries of the brain that either appear immediately after impact or rather cause the brain to degenerate over time. The most common are as follows:
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- Parkison’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Neurocognitive disorder
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
These injuries and chronic diseases make up the first large group of concussion-related lawsuits against the NCAA as they continue to be scrutinized for not protecting or compensating revenue generating “student athletes”.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease associated with multiple concussions and other forms of brain trauma. CTE can only be positively diagnosed postmortem although it is most commonly associated with individuals who have played high impact sports. In an attempt to side-step liability, prior to 2012, the NCAA had no concussion protocol.
The Symptoms of Brain Trauma
- Mood and personality changes
- Loss of memory
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Sleep Problems
- Bipolar Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Intermittent Explosive Disorder
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The NCAA has an obligation to protect the student athletes. So if you or a loved one have experienced brain trauma as a result of a head injury while playing for an NCAA team, contact our NCAA lawyers here at Howard and Associates . We want to fight for you.