Football has been a staple of American culture for decades, but the sport’s reign may be quickly coming to an end. Former football players are finding out the hard way that the concussions sustained during play can have long-term consequences. This is the case for a former Slippery Rock University football player whose time playing college football contributed to the development of Parkinson’s disease.
Numerous Head Injuries Resulted in Health Concerns
The former Rock played as an offensive lineman from 1976-1978. During practices and games, he received numerous blows to the head. These concussive and sub-concussive hits caused serious side effects throughout his life. Once his college football career was over, the former lineman suffered from twitching, muscle atrophy, loss of mobility, and slurred speech, among other conditions.
By 2012, he was significantly worse and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. People with Parkinson’s often suffer from tremors, slow movement, rigid muscles, and difficulty speaking and writing, among other symptoms. Players were never warned playing football could have long-term neurological consequences. He is one of hundreds of former NCAA football players suing the NCAA for failing to protect them from known dangers.
The Link Between Concussions and Neurological Conditions
Studies have shown concussions sustained while playing football can lead to degenerative neurological conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS, among others. When a person suffers a concussion, brain cells become damaged and die. Anytime a brain cell dies, it releases a protein that can spread brain cell death to surrounding cells. If people are exposed to continual concussions, the brain can quickly become riddled with brain cell killing proteins.
Organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have known for decades that concussions cause serious long-term conditions. Instead of protecting players, the NCAA continued to profit from the sport without implementing concussion protocols that could have prevented many injuries. Raizner Law is working with many former NCAA football players to hold the organization responsible for failing to protect students.
Learn About Your Legal Options
The NCAA knew about the dangers of concussions yet chose to keep the dangers quiet. If you played NCAA football and are suffering from neurological conditions, contact Raizner Law today. We can help explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.