Protecting Sports Players

As an update in our posts about protecting our sports players from traumatic head injuries, we’d like to bring your attention to a couple recent New York Times articles.

First, WSAJ’s Law Day keynote speaker Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky asked Jeff Miller of the N.F.L. whether “there is a link between degenerative brain disorders like C.T.E.,” to which Miller responded, “Certainly, yes.” Schakowsky called out the NFL’s history of denying the relationship between the sport and C.T.E., saying the organization “has a very troubling track record of deying and discrediting scientific inquiry into the risks of playing football.” Thank you to Congresswoman Schakowsky for pushing for the truth for years.

Second, the NYT has found a spurious connection between the N.F.L. and the tobacco industry – an industry known for covering up threats to public health: they have been “shar[ing] lobbyists, lawyers and consultants.” In addition, the Times found that over 100 diagnosed concussions were omitted from the studies and research previously provided by the N.F.L.

We encourage efforts to better evaluate and uncover the effects of concussions in sports players.

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