According to recently released court documents related to the NFL brain injury settlement, officials with the National Football League have acknowledged that they expect about 1 in every 3 football players in the league to:
- Develop and be diagnosed with serious brain injuries at some point in the future
- Develop these severe brain injuries earlier than other people in the general population.
These two acknowledgements are extremely important, as up until now, NFL officials have vehemently denied any link between playing professional football and having an increased risk of developing serious brain injuries.
As Chris Nowinski, the executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, has explained:
We have come a long way since the days of outright denial [from NFL officials regarding the serious risks of brain injuries among players]. The number of former players predicted to develop dementia is staggering, and that total does not even include former players who develop mood and behavior disorders and die prior to developing the cognitive symptoms associated with C.T.E. [chronic traumatic encephalopathy].
NFL Backpedals as New Questions about Players’ Brain Injuries Are Raised…
As the full impacts of the NFL’s acknowledgement of the risk of serious brain injuries for players are realized, NFL officials have already started backpedaling from the statements made by their attorneys in the federal court documents.
Specifically, NFL officials have alleged that there are serious problems with the methodologies used to calculate the incidence of brain injuries among football players and that “the actuaries’ models do not reflect a prediction of the number of players who will suffer injuries. They are intended to show the court that, even if unexpectedly high numbers of players were injured, there still would be sufficient money to pay the claims,” as an attorney for the NFL has pointed out.
As this debate rages on, so too does the legal battle of the NFL brain injury settlement, as well as the battle for health and vitality that former football players living with brain injuries fight daily.
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