President Obama has taken the unusual step of announcing a summit on the issue of brain damage in football as evidence continues to grow about the impact of concussions in the sport.
Reuters reported on how the president is drawing on his personal enthusiasm for sports as a spectator as well as a layer and his worries as a father. The White House Summit will assemble representatives of professional and collegiate sports, coaches, athletes, researchers and young people.
The president is a big sports fan,” said White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri. “There’s not enough that we know about concussions and how they relate to young athletes.”
In recent years the extent of the head and brain injury problem in the National Football League has become apparent. Some players who were suffering from brain damage have even taken their lives.
Last year the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former football players, who cited problems such as dementia and health problems. They accused the league of concealing the dangers of brain injury in the sport while making large profits from the sport’s violence.
A judge in January rejected the deal, saying it might not be enough to pay all players who suffered from brain damage.
As a Virginia brain injury lawyer, I am well aware of the serious and long-term health problems suffered by players. In the past, concussion was not taken as seriously as it should have been on the sports field and players were allowed to play on.
If you suffer a brain injury as a student or a professional athlete, a league, school or other professional body may be to blame. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com