The plaintiff played football for Ball State from 1993 to 1995 as a fullback. He remembers suffering at least three concussions during his time playing for the university. Specifically, he remembers sustaining a concussion in 1993 from hitting a linebacker.
The plaintiff tried to sit out of a practice following the concussion, but the coaching staff told him he had to participate in practice or he would lose his scholarship.
Every time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was deprived of the appropriate medical attention and quickly returned to play.
During his time playing for Ball State, the NCAA and the MAC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines.
As a result, the plaintiff now suffers from anxiety, dementia, depression, headaches, impulse control, memory loss, sleeping disorder, and other debilitating issues.
The NCAA and the MAC had an obligation to supervise, regulate, and monitor the rules of the Ball State football program and provide appropriate and up-to-date guidance and regulations to minimize the risk of long-term and short-term brain damage to Ball State football players.
Studies show repetitive exposure to rapid accelerations to the head causes deformation, twisting, shearing, and stretching of neuronal cells.
When this occurs, not only does it damage the brain, but it also releases small amounts of chemicals within the brain that can cause additional neurological side effects.
NCAA Concussion Injury Attorneys
The NCAA has an obligation to protect student-athletes, not to be a silent party to their injuries.