Brain Injury

Favre becomes the latest face of football-related brain injury

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has a lot of fans here in Orange County and across the country. Now he has become the latest former pro football player to come forward with his story of how years of hits on the field have affected him. In a recent radio interview, while discussing rumors that the St. Louis Rams had asked him to join their team, Favre, who last played for the Minnesota Vikings, said that...
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New coalition aims to prevent head injuries to young athletes

With concerns around concussions and other types of brain injury at the forefront of discussion in all levels of sports in Orange County and throughout the country, a group of leading youth athletic organizations is banding together to try to make contact sports safer for kids. In so doing, they hope to ease the fears of nervous parents who are increasingly keeping their children out of team sports. The newly-formed National Sports Concussion Coalition includes...
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NFL and players reach $765M settlement regarding head injuries

Following years of lawsuits and months of mediation, many California pro football fans, like those across the country, were surprised to hear about a proposed settlement to the lawsuits brought by over 4,500 former National Football League (NFL) against the league. The players contend that their neurological ailments stem from concussions they received playing football. The proposed settlement of $765 million will be used to compensate players for their injuries, pay for medical exams, and...
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Football helmet warnings are tougher, but may not change behavior

As high school and college football players in Orange County and throughout the country start practicing for the upcoming season, the issue of safety is once again at the forefront of many conversations. An increasing cause of concern and litigation has been the incidence of brain injury caused by playing football. While advances in helmet construction have nearly eliminated skull fractures, they have had far less success in preventing concussions and other head injuries. Helmet...
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