NFL Facing Major Lawsuit
News broke today of a massive lawsuit filed in federal court against the NFL for concussion-related injuries. According to the Associated Press, more than 80 complaints have been consolidated by lawyers into one "master complaint." The plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for care related to neurological disorders caused blows during football play and practice.
"Let's face it and be honest, I feel like the NFL has over the past decades - at least until `08 or `09 - kind of turned a blind eye to the seriousness of not only concussions ... but the cumulative effect of (hits) and how these retired players are having so much difficulty in getting along in their daily lives," said Kevin Turner in an Associated Press report.
Turner will be at Aspen Ideas for the screening of American Man, a documentary by Jon Frankel about Turner's debilitating neurological diagnosis, which doctors believe is a direct result of the countless number of punishing blows he received in his eight years as a running back for the Eagles and the Patriots. Participating in the discussion about head trauma in sports will be Chris Nowinski, the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis. Nowinski also serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine. Daniel Garza will join the panel. Garza is an assistant professor at Stanford Medical School whose program at Stanford is the first university to put chips in football players mouth-guards to measure the impact. Mouth guards provide a vehicle to measure other high impact sports including soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, to name a few.