Class Action Status Sought in NCAA Concussion Lawsuit

The long lasting damage and seriousness of concussions have become major concerns in sports in recent years. The NFL is currently involved in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving more than 4,000 former players related to head injuries and related complications.

The NCAA is now facing a similar lawsuit, and the plaintiffs involved in the case are seeking class action status. The attorneys handling the case are seeking to expand the suit to potentially include thousands of plaintiffs nationwide. The suit was initially filed in 2011 on behalf of a former Eastern Illinois Football player and several other former athletes.Attached to the class-action request itself is a report by a leading authority on concussions, citing an internal NCAA survey from 2010, which found that nearly half of the college trainers who responded to the survey indicated they put athletes showing signs of a concussion back into the same game. The expert stated that it is well established that athletes must never be returned to play on the same day after having suffered a concussion diagnosis.

The plaintiffs claim that the NCAA failed to establish adequate systemwide rules regarding concussions, and let these decisions fall to local schools or teams.

The NCAA claims that student safety is central to the organization, and that it has remained at the forefront of safety concerns throughout its existence. A spokesperson says that the agency has recently addressed the issue of head injuries through a combination of updated playing rules, equipment requirements and medical practices.

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