Originally published by Jeff Raizner.
Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Rutgers University football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for failing to educate student-athletes on the long-term effects of repeated concussions sustained during play and for failing to provide appropriate medical treatment for concussions.
The plaintiff played for The State University of New Jersey, also known as Rutgers University, as a nose guard and defensive tackle from 2003 to 2005. During his time playing for the university, the plaintiff recalls suffering from many concussive and sub-concussive hits during both practices and games. The plaintiff specifically remembers being hit so hard during games that he saw “stars” or just went “black.”
During his time playing football, the NCAA and the AAC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines. After each concussive hit, the plaintiff was quickly returned to the game without receiving the necessary medical treatment required to help mitigate the damage from repeated head impacts.
As a result of his time playing for Rutgers, the plaintiff suffers from severe headaches, sleeping problems, memory loss, light sensitivity, and other debilitating issues.
The NCAA was established to improve “the experiences of student-athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in life.” The organization currently governs over 400,000 student athletes from universities across the country. However, despite the NCAA’s commitment to the health and well-being of its student-athletes, the NCAA and the AAC put profits before players in the management of concussions.
The NCAA and AAC make millions of dollars each year off of football programs. Despite the financial success of the college football program, very little care was taken to protect the long-term health of the athletes responsible.
Raizner Slania: NCAA Concussion Lawsuits
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