Dr. Amen on TBI Before Super Bowl XLIX

I had the distinct privilege of meeting and working with Dr. Daniel Amen several years ago when he was first trying to launch his study of retired NFL football players’ brains. Since then, Dr. Amen completed the largest SPECT scan study on chronic traumatic brain injuries in professional football that supported what many were denying… or claiming to be unaware. (You can also search for our earlier posts and videos featuring Dr. Amen by using the Search bar in the upper left corner under the Menu.)

With Super Bowl Week coming up this Sunday, Dr. Amen and his wife, Tana, share a discussion on what they’ve learned about concussions and the brain. Some of these facts may still be shocking for many of you.

Don Brady on Concussions during Playoff Weekend

Don_BradyWith the NFC and AFC games leading to Super Bowl, as well as NCAA football heading into the College playoffs this weekend, Dr. Don Brady was a guest on WSYR Syracuse for an all-too-short half hour interview on concussions and brain injuries.

 

 

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James Acho & Sean Gilbert File NFLPA Platforms

Attorney James Acho (from the law firm Cummings McClorey Davis & Acho) and retired NFL player Sean Gilbert (LA Rams/St Louis Rams, Washington, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders) have each submitted their platforms as part of the process in running for Executive Director of the NFLPA. The voting will be conducted at the NFLPA’s annual meeting in Hawaii this spring.

We’ve uploaded copies of each candidate’s platforms to Scribd – You can click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close). EDITOR’S NOTE: Signatures have been removed for security reasons.

James Acho NFLPA Platform

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Matt Chaney – ‘Experts: Football Death Reports Aren’t Valid Epidemiology’

Matt Chaney has been dogging the NFL for years about football-related deaths and claims of a “safer game.” Here’s his latest piece on some of the so-called studies over the years. And oh – just like the NFL’s original MTBI doctors, these university studies also have their own self-titled “doctors.”

The University of North Carolina’s self-published football casualty statistics are deemed ‘unverified’ and ‘unreliable’ while its claim of zero deaths in 1990 is debunked by two case finds

By Matt Chaney

Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

When sportswriters report 17 football players died in America during 2013, and medical writers and researchers cite the same figure, everyone’s common information source is the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The annual UNC numbers on football fatalities have been quoted worldwide since the 1970s and include statistical framework back to 1931, the year football organizations assumed control of annual recording. Reports are posted at the NCCSIR website and everyone presumes the data meet epidemiological standards for charting mortality risk in American football. Continue reading

A New Hat in the Ring

James1Just received a copy of this letter in my Inbox this morning. I wasn’t surprised to see attorney Jim Acho finally taking that leap into the quagmire called the NFLPA. With DeMaurice Smith’s five-year term finally expiring this Spring, team representatives will once again be voting for an Executive Director when they meet at their annual conference being held in Hawaii. With his years of representing retired players, it sounds like Jim is as frustrated in dealing with the way retired players have been treated over the years and he brings a lot of personal experience to the table.

After Gene Upshaw departed under heavy fire, players were hopeful that DeMaurice Smith, a Washington attorney, would become a better replacement. But as a Washington insider with direct ties to Attorney General Eric Holder, the real changes that active and retired players were expecting never happened. And many are now lamenting many of the details negotiated (or given away) in the last CBA with the NFL. Little has been done to address the needs of the majority of retired players with little change to the status quo inside the NFLPA.

Retired player Sean Gilbert also announced his candidacy over the weekend - you can read about it on CBS Sports by clicking HERE.

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The Invention of the American Football Helmet

A blast from the past – 1932:

Oxymoron of the Year: Safer Football

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Talk about covering all the bases. A story came out on TIME magazine this week following the suicide of another college football player, Kosta Karageorge, following some depression and strange behavior as reported by his family. The article cites a new study that points out how many brain injuries and concussions go undetected with no visible indications or signs of any problems. But halfway through the article, they also quote Dr. Christopher Whitlow, who led the research team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.), stating that even with what emerges as brain damage among his study group after just one season of high school football: Continue reading

One of George Visger’s Old Letters to Travelers Insurance

Out of frustration over the years of multiple NFL-caused brain surgeries, George Visger sometimes took to sending in handwritten letters to Travelers Insurance (they ran the Workers Compensation/disability insurance program for the San Francisco 49ers). Travelers continues their practice of not responding to most of George’s inquiries, phone calls or medical bills to this day and he is currently suing them to continue providing coverage. How many of you retired players out there have also had to go through this and how many of you have actually even received any coverage?

As posted on Scribd – You can click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close).

George Visger Handwritten Letter to Travelers

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Want to Get Really Pissed?

Just a quick update from ABC/AP on the Fairness Hearing held in Philadelphia earlier today. Seeger’s quoted comment was telling: WTF are they paying you the big bucks for then if you didn’t even believe you had the balls to go all the way in fighting the NFL? Seriously?!! Stay tuned…

Lawyer Asks Judge to Approve NFL Concussion Deal

Dr. Don Brady Files Objection to NFL Concussion Settlement Offer

Judge Brody is holding a Fairness Hearing on the NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement offer in her courtroom today in Philadelphia. Dr. Don Brady has been studying and treating patients of all ages for concussions and brain injuries for many years and is an advocate of long-term studies and research into improved methods for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Brady sent a detailed Objection on behalf of retired players to the US District Court in Pennsylvania along with a cover letter to Judge Brody.

We’ve also uploaded a copy of Dr. Brady’s objection, along with a copy of his cover letter to Judge Brody. You can click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close).

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