NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former players and doctors testified in Congress on October 28 about the connection between on-field concussions and brain disease. The hearing before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee was in part sparked by a quality-of-life survey commissioned by the National Football League that found that former players between the ages of 30 and 49 experience memory-related diseases significantly more than the general public.

Despite the evidence that appears to be mounting that links gridiron concussions and brain trauma at the college or pro levels, Goodell declined to acknowledge a direct link between playing football and the onset of dementia. However, he and players union head DeMaurice Smith pledged to cooperate in a Congressional call for an independent review of the scope and severity of head injuries in the NFL. They both agreed to turn over players’ medical records to the committee.

The NFL has also implemented various rules changes to better protect players, Goodell said. The commissioner also stated that the NFL would provide medical care to the 56 former players who reported memory-related problems in the survey.

On a day-to-day basis, 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. 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. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.

 
 

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