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PA & NJ Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion News Update - The National Football League (NFL) Suspends Research Using Helmet Sensors


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4/16/2015
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Traumatic brain injuries related to sport accidents have become a growing concern in recent years.  In 2012, retired football players sued the NFL for allegedly knowing about the dangers of concussions and the link between head traumas sustained while playing and permanent brain injuries, but failed to take appropriate measures to protect the players. See NFL Faces Lawsuit Related to Concussions and Permanent Brain Injuries From Former Football Players

Other incidents that raised head injury concerns in sports included high school football players dying after sustaining major hits to the head during practice or a game. See Another High School Football Player Passes Away After A Head Injury Sustained During A Game.

In an effort to understand and prevent traumatic brain injuries sustained while playing sports, many researchers have conducted studies to understand what happens to the brain after a player is hit in the head. 

Some of the studies use helmets with sensors that collect data regarding the number of hits and the velocity of hits to the helmets.  In fact, the NFL was on board with having 32 NFL teams participate in a similar study during the 2015 season.  Players from the 32 NFL teams were going to wear helmets with sensors that alert coaches and medical personnel to potentially damaging trauma.  The sensors would show where a collision occurred and the estimated force that resulted from the impact. 

However, the study been delayed indefinitely. In February of this year, the NFL announced its decision to delay the implementation of helmet sensors and to continue to review and analyze the research.

The technology has been met with resistance from players and raised questions from the league about its reliability.

The fact that the NFL won’t use the technology has a lot of people raising eyebrows, especially when a member of the league and union safety committee has been pushing for the program.

At least 20 colleges, including Virginia Tech and UCLA, use helmet sensor technology on their football players now to conduct concussion research, and a large portion of the study is funded by the government.

Traumatic Brain Injuries In Football

When players and athletes sustain traumatic brain injuries, they may have legal rights against responsible parties.  The risk of football players sustaining concussions may be a part of football, but sending them back out to the game without being medically cleared is not.  When subsequent hits and/or concussions occur, players often suffer permanent traumatic brain injuries.

If you have questions about brain injuries sustained while playing a sport, call Daniel J. O’Brien, Esq. to schedule a FREE consultation.  Mr. O’Brien is a life-long athlete and has helped many athletes injured in sports accidents.  877.944.8396



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