Why don’t professional football players reveal their concussion symptoms?

The Globe and Mail

Health-care professionals and researchers who deal with patients on a day-to-day basis know that changing human behaviour can be a difficult task. You might expect, if you explain how dangerous behaviour can result in immediate, and possibly long-term, negative effects, most people would decide to stop such behaviour. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Many Canadians still make the decision to drink and drive, or text and drive or consume a diet high in fat and calories. These are only a few examples of behaviour that continues despite the potential negative consequences. This type of behaviour is also seen in athletes with concussions.

On Tuesday, the Research Institute at the McGill University Health Centre published a study titled "Why Professional Football Players Chose Not to Reveal Their Concussion Symptoms during a Practice or Game." We examined 454 CFL players and planned and completed the study in conjunction with the CFL league office and the CFL Players Association (CFLPA).

Our research revealed that around 25 per cent of the football players believed they had suffered a concussion while playing football during the 2015-16 season. Unfortunately, around 80 per cent of these athletes decided not to seek medical attention for a concussion at least once during the 2015-16 season.

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First two claims in nFL concussion settlement approved,total $9 million.

- Globe and Mail

The first two claims in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits.

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing the process was notified Thursday through a joint status report filed by the class and the NFL that the claims were approved. The names of the former players were not disclosed as part of the filings.

The payouts were for $5 million for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and $4 million for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).

Those amounts mean that both individuals played a minimum of five NFL seasons and were diagnosed before their 45th birthdays.

Because CTE can only be diagnosed once someone has died, the player’s estate would be collecting that payout, approved on June 5. THE ALS claim was approved on May 26.

The claims process for monetary awards opened on March 23. There is also a baseline assessment program that launched on June 6.

Players who already have been diagnosed with ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or dementia are eligible for payments. The league has estimated that 6,000 former players — or nearly three in 10 — could develop Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.

More than 14,500 class members out of a potential well above 20,000 have registered for benefits ahead of the Aug. 7 deadline. That can include former players or their families.


Canadian Contingent at the 4th Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related

 Neurotrauma Symposium on March 3rd & 4th 2017

There were over 300 attendees including approximately 60 Athletic Therapists from various provinces.

Back Row from Left to Right

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Front Row:

Julie Dickson,  Loriann Hynes, Mike Robinson, Cindy Hughes, Elsa Orecchio, Jim McLeod, Mike Racine


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