Most of the discussions and lawsuits over concussions are coming from football players, but one former Samford University soccer player entered the fray last week, with a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association arguing that the association didn’t do enough to educate athletes on the dangers of head trauma. Mary Shelton Wells’s athletic career ended in 2010 due to a brain injury sustained while playing soccer, WPMI Local 15 in Alabama reported.
The NCAA is facing multiple concussion lawsuits, some class action, filed by former football players. The National Football League recently agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit by former players who argued the NFL deliberately concealed the dangers of head trauma.
- NCAA settlement includes $70 million for concussion testing
- Experts work to address concussions in all sports, not just football
- Action on concussions comes from all sides, but lack uniformity
- Culture, ignorance, biases all obstacles to preventing head trauma
- NCAA should address cultural problem and lack of research in concussions, report says
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