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Brain Trauma Concerns Have Ivy League Football Coaches Eliminating In-Season Practice Contact. A New Trend?

Reacting to growing concerns about brain trauma, the eight Ivy League football coaches have added to the Ivy League’s restrictive rules limiting contact during spring and preseason practice by unanimously voting to eliminate all full contact drills from regular season practices. The formal adoption of the decision is anticipated during an upcoming vote of the … Continue Reading

U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION SETTLES YOUTH CONCUSSION LAWSUIT

The United States Soccer Federation released new guidelines banning the practice of heading a soccer ball by children under the age of 10. The new guidelines also prohibit children between the ages of 11 and 13 from heading soccer balls in practice, but permit it in games. The guidelines are part of a resolution reached … Continue Reading

NCAA’s New Concussion Guidelines Concentrate on Athlete Contact Practices, Health Monitoring

In an effort to reduce head injuries in college football, the NCAA has released new concussion safety guidelines calling for limits on the number of contact practices and new measures for monitoring player health. The NCAA’s guidelines come after the adoption of PAC-12 and Ivy League legislation in 2013 establishing restrictions on the number of … Continue Reading

FEDERAL JUDGE APPROVES PRELIMINARY SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION FILED BY NFL RETIREES

Judge Anita Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has approved a preliminary settlement of a class action filed by former National Football League players claiming the League failed to take reasonable actions to protect players from the risks created by head injuries and attempted to conceal those risks … Continue Reading

Concussion Injuries Controversy Not Restricted to Professional Athletics

The recent high-profile lawsuits by former players of the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) have brought to the forefront the issue of long-term, concussion-related injuries in athletes, which is not limited to the world of high-contact professional sports. A report by the Institute of Medicine (“IOM”) and the National Research Council … Continue Reading

NHL To Defend Players’ Suit for Head Injuries

Ten former players have filed a class action lawsuit against the National Hockey League over injuries caused by concussions sustained during their professional careers. The lawsuit, filed  in federal court in Washington D.C., comes six months after another civil action in May accused the NHL of failing to warn former player/enforcer Derek Boogard about the … Continue Reading

College Football Players Engage In Protest Seeking NCAA Reforms

In an unprecedented protest against NCAA protocols, football players from Georgia Tech, Georgia and Northwestern took to the gridiron with personally marked-up equipment to challenge the NCAA’s treatment of athletes on issues ranging from concussions to guaranteed scholarships. Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee wrote “APU”, an acronym for All Players United, a signature of the … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Sports Practice Attorney To Participate In Duke Law Symposium

Jackson Lewis attorney Jennifer Harper will participate in Duke Universty Law School’s Sports Law Symposium on January 25, 2012. Harper will be participating in the panel on “Handling Scandal”. The Duke Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS) presents its 3rd Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: The Changing Economics of the Sports and Entertainment Industries … Continue Reading

NCAA Hit with Class Action Concussion Lawsuit

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of Illinois against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and NCAA Football on behalf of current and former NCAA football players who sustained a concussion(s) or suffered concussion-like symptoms while playing football at an NCAA school.  The lawsuit alleges the NCAA has failed … Continue Reading

NFL Concussion Lawsuit – Can Plaintiffs’ Negligence Claims Survive California’s Workers’ Compensation Exclusivity Rule May Block Negligence Claims

Seventy-five former NFL players and some of their spouses have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the NFL and a long-time supplier of protective helmets, alleging that the League knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects that concussions may have on a player’s brain, but concealed that information from … Continue Reading
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