More Summit Details

Apr 15, 2009
New York Times - Concussions

New York Times - Concussions

Among the important subjects to be discussed at The Retired Players Summit: Head Trauma, Concussions and Brain Injuries. The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz started a long series on concussions in 2007 and the stories continue (click HERE to see a list of some of those articles). We just received more details this morning from Bob Grant:

Fellow Advocates And Retired Players,

Most Players don’t know that they probably suffered concussions to some degree, many hundreds of times during their careers in the NFL. The Owners have recently made many changes to eliminate strikes to the head because they know and have known for years that brain trauma is one of the most frequent, routine and dangerous injuries in the Game and that the damaging effects may not reveal themselves for many years after the actual events. They did nothing to protect the players of yesteryear but to their credit they are making changes to protect the young men who are active players today.

We are bringing in two or more of the top experts in the world on football-related brain trauma at our upcoming Summit in Las Vegas on May 29-31.

Any time the brain violently bangs against the inside of the cranium (skull) there is a traumatic event. How many times were you struck in the head, or hit with your head, making a tackle, blocking or getting tackled? Please take a few minutes to watch the video at the link at the end of this post. We want all of you who are attending the summit to understand what happened to you when you were playing even though you did not always know that it was happening. The “88 Plan” is a start but we should have a plan that compensates and helps all who suffered brain trauma to any degree, in the service of the NFL. You are likely one of those who did if you practiced or played. Help us to help you.

Don’t believe what those NFLPA Doctors are trying to pass off as medical science as they continue turning us down in our fight for relief from and compensation for injuries suffered from our working in the NFL.

Click HERE to view a short video clip on head trauma on the Sports Concussion Institute (among the speakers who will be at The Summit). Click on screen to play once you are there.

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    April 15th, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Dave Pear
    Dear Mr. Smith
    NFLPA Executive Director

    The current NFL disability system is illegal and violates ERISA Law on a regular basis. This disability debacle was designed and created by The Groom Law Group.

    Someone must stand up for the rights of retired players and correct the current counterfeit disability system.

    We can only hope that person would be you, Mr. Smith.

    Dave & Heidi Pear

  2. Sharon Hawkins for Wayne
    April 16th, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Wayne Hawkins

    This video is something I have wanted to see sever since Wayne’s dementia diagnosis in ’05. The information is crucial for anyone who is involved in contact sports. Coaches should show this to their teams from Pop Warner age on up to those who participate in professional sports. Hopefully a film like this is shown in medical schools.

    Thanks to all for making the video available to us.

    Sharon on behalf of Wayne Hawkins
    Oakland Raiders