The League of Denial title can extend to benefits for ex-players

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The NFL settlement of $765 million sound good on the surface. But, if we consider that there may be over 20,000 former players involved the amount of money available per person will fall far short of what is a realistic cost associated the lifetime, long-term effects of brain injury. The NFL is a behemoth organization with deep pockets, so the settlement is really a drop in the bucket. Yet, for the players facing a lifetime of problems from their brain injuries, they have been abandoned by the NFL with a cursory payout.

Its America’s #1 sport and we know that there are risks for players which run deep. This is a troubling situation which we are seeing.

Click here to read a story about the settlement from The New Yorker magazine.

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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