Revised settlement in concussion suit reached; funds uncapped

The National Football League and counsel for the retired player plaintiffs announced today a revised settlement agreement in the NFL concussion litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the revised agreement the NFL’s obligations under the monetary award fund will not be capped at any specified amount. This means that once the compensation program is established funds will be available to any retired player who develops a qualifying neurocognitive condition.  (Continue reading)

Dorsett, others reveal CTE symptoms

Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett confirmed he has been diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to concussions and the suicides of former football players.

Dorsett’s condition was revealed by doctors on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday, as were the diagnoses of fellow Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure and former All-Pro Leonard Marshall. Dorsett called in to ESPN’s “Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable” show and talked about what he’s going through, saying “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day.” Read article

Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

MARYCLAIRE DALE (Associated Press) 16 minutes agoAP – Sports FootballNational Football League

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday. see full article

Boise State turns to local rugby team for tips on safe tackling

As rule changes focus more and more on player safety and concussion prevention, Boise State’s football team is attempting to get ahead of the curve with some tips from another hard-hitting sport.

Broncos head coach Chris Petersen had the local Snake River Rugby Club come in to run a tackling session with his players. Snake River is coached by former U.S. national team captain Mike Saunders and features former members of the Boise football team on the roster. Read more

Concussion Symptom Inventory: An Empirically Derived Scale for Monitoring Resolution of Symptoms Following Sport-Related Concussion

Citation:  Randolph, C., Millis S., Barr, W. B., McCrea, M., Guskiewicz, K. M., Hammeke, T. A., & Kelly, J. P. (2009). Concussion Symptom Inventory: An Empirically Derived Scale for Monitoring Resolution of Symptoms Following Sport-Related Concussion. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 24, 219-229.

Review by Matt Holcomb, PhD

The present article is based on the combination of the data derived from 3 case-controlled studies which used the Concussion Symptom Inventory (CSI).  The aim was to identify which inventory items were more relevant in detecting and tracking sport-related concussions.  As the authors point out, the literature on concussions is filled with empirically derived controlled outcome studies, which has led to confusion on best practices in classifying concussions and determining return-to-play.  This study resulted in an empirically derived CSI.   Twelve items were found to adequately discriminate concussed from non-concussed, resulting in a much more brief inventory (from 20-27 items).  This study is an important step in formalizing standards and practices for evaluating concussions.  As with most scale development the study lacks independent verification, and further development of cut-off scores which could aid the process of concussion identification.  Read more

Differences in Change Scores and the Predictive Validity of Three Commonly Used Measures Following Concussion in the Middle School and High School Aged Population

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The article titled, “Differences in Change Scores and the Predictive Validity of Three Commonly Used Measures Following Concussion in the Middle School and High School Aged Population, by M. Barlow et al, 2011, is a level B study that utilizes a cohort comparison design. The title, abstract, and background information are generally effective in providing appropriate information and understanding. However, the study has a number of methodological concerns related to the sample characteristics, assessment tools, and statistical procedures that were used. The limitations of this study are serious enough to call into question the results and proposed implications.
By Erin Almklov, PhD

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