The National Football League has reversed field to some degree and is now encouraging current and former players to donate their brains to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The research facility has been in the past critical of the NFL’s somewhat less-than-aggressive approach to head trauma and the growing number of retired players suffering dementia-related symptoms. The NFL has also decided to donate at least $1 million to the Center to further its research on brain injuries. It is expected that with the NFL’s formal cooperation, research into the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma on athletes will move at a faster pace.

Previously, several active players on their own initiative decided to donate their brains to the Center. The NFL also recently adopted more stricter rules for benching players after on-field concussions.

“They have done a bit of an about-face. Pressure probably has played a role in that,” Dr. Robert Cantu, a co-director of the BU center, said about the NFL’s new interest in partnering with the brain research facility. “But I honestly think that [NFL Commissioner] Goodell does believe in player safety and the product is just better with your best players on the field, not your best players injured.” The NFL players’ union has also endorsed the effort calling for brain donations to the Center.

On a day-to-day basis, especially after a winter snowfall, most Virginia residents are more likely to suffer a blow to the head in a slip-and-fall accident or car crash than in a sports-related injury. However, if you believe that you (or a love one) have sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important to hire experienced legal counsel. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have the experience needed, and the requisite contacts with the best doctors in the area, to ensure you and your loved ones have the best representation possible in the event. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.


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