NFL Sees Fewer Concussions In 2018, But The Damage Is Already Done


Concussions have been plaguing the sport of football for decades. The concussive and sub-concussive hits sustained during play have given players long-term neurological conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s, among many others. It took years for the NFL to implement concussion management protocols that could lessen the effects of concussions, but once the league did so, the number of concussions finally decreased. Unfortunately, these concussion protocols come too late for hundreds of former athletes.

The NFL reported a 24% decrease in concussions in the 2018 season versus the previous year. In 2017, the league reported 281 concussions, but that number was reduced to 214 in 2018. On average, an NFL team could expect one concussion out of every four games. While this will certainly help mitigate the long-term effects of concussions for current football players, it comes far too late for many.

In 2017, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association led by researchers from Boston University and the VA Boston Healthcare System found 99% of former NFL football players had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated impacts to the head. The study was the largest to investigate the link between brain trauma sustained as the result of playing football and CTE, with researchers examining at the brains of over 202 deceased football players.

NFL players aren’t the only athletes suffering from the long-term effects of concussions, however. The study also looked at the brains of former college football players and determined 91% had CTE. Collegiate football players later diagnosed with CTE and other sports related concussion injuries don’t receive the compensation that professional players do, which means when they begin to suffer serious side effects from concussions, many don’t have the financial means to receive the same level of care as their professional counterparts.

While there is currently no cure for brain damage caused by repeated impacts to the head, former collegiate football players can hold the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) responsible for failing to implement proper concussion mitigation protocols. Raizner Law is currently representing former NCAA football players in a lawsuit against the NCAA, certain universities, and athletic conferences for putting profits before players.

Contact Raizner Law Today For Help

Our experienced trial attorneys provide free consultations to former NCAA college football players. We can explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. If you choose to work with us, there is no upfront cost and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover financial compensation. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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