Most athletes know that playing sports can result in certain types of injuries. Most often, these injuries are muscle sprains or other injuries related to the overuse of specific muscle groups. However, certain sports present a higher risk of serious injuries. In some cases, those who are seriously injured while participating in a sporting activity may be able to seek compensation for their injuries from the organization that oversees the activity. Often, this is either a sports league or a school.
Both sports leagues and schools that offer sports programs owe players a duty to ensure that the sporting event is run in a safe manner and that players are appropriately warned of the risks involved with participation. If an organization fails to warn a player who is later injured due to an undisclosed risk, the player may have a case for negligence against the organization.
Prevalence of CTE Among Football Players Much Greater than Originally Thought
Earlier this month, a neuropathological study was released, finding that football players at all levels may be at a greater risk for developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) than previously thought. CTE has frequently been in the news over the past several years, in part due to the lawsuit that several hundred former NFL players and their families have filed against the NFL.
CTE is a degenerative brain disease that is found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Symptoms of CTE include depression, impulsive behavior, short-term memory loss, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts or actions. CTE is unique in that it cannot be diagnosed in a living person; it is only through a post-mortem examination that doctors are able to determine if someone suffered from CTE.
The study, which is the largest of its kind, surveying 202 ex-football players’ brains, concluded that over 99% of all professional football players in the United States had CTE. Football players at lower levels, such as in high school or college, also had CTE in staggering numbers, although not as startlingly high as professional players. The researchers note that the sample size, while significant, is still limited and that further research should be conducted into what causes the disease as well as its prevalence among other athletes, such as soccer, hockey, and rugby players.
Have You Been Injured in a South Florida Sports Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured while participating in a high school, college, or professional sport, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you recover from your injuries. The dedicated South Florida personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Friedman, Rodman & Frank have extensive experience assisting injured clients with seeking the compensation they need and deserve. Call 877-448-8585 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced South Florida injury attorney today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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