NFL Agrees to settle player lawsuit: good or bad news?


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The NFL agreed to settle the lawsuit brought forward by former players with brain injuries. While the initial amount of the settlement, $765 million plus legal fees, appears to be a lot of money; we need to ask is that adequate to cover the present and future needs of all players who have experienced multiple concussions and are living with the effects of brain injuries. And, what about the players who have not yet recognized the long-term effects as well as players who will experience brain injury from multiple concussions in future years. The studies of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy indicate that effects may take years to be noticed and may occur long after the player has left the game.

The settlement is a small step forward to addressing a problem that is much like an iceberg. We see about 10% of an iceberg and 90% remains below the surface. I wonder if the NFL settlement represents the 10%. Will the NFL step forward with additional money as players come forward?

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About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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