New NIOSH Brain Injury Warning to NFL Players

Jan 25, 2013

Einstein-duhNow this is a what a safety warning should look like. Larry Kaminski just received this letter and study summary from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety*, the federal research agency that works with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the Dept. of Health and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). BTW – OSHA is is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of worker safety and health legislation. This new information is a warning about the long-term effects from brain injuries that they have observed in a disproportionately higher number of football players when compared to the general population. Dementia, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and Alzheimers are cited in their study. With concussion lawsuits literally taking over much of the media coverage on football even with the run up to Super Bowl, we wonder how many more studies and how much more money the NFL is going to keep throwing at this? (Be sure to fill in their survey and mail it in after you’ve finished reading their summary.)
Once again, we’ve uploaded a copy of this NIOSH packet to Scribd for easy viewing on our Blog and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close):

NIOSH NFL Brain Injury Study

We’re attaching a copy of the survey as a separate document so that you can print it out and mail it in to the NIOSH after you’re finished reading the summary of their study.
Send your completed survey to:
ATT’N: Stat Support MAIL STOP R-43
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
Robert A. Taft Laboratories
4676 Robert A. Taft laboratories
Cincinatti OH 45226-2998

NIOSH Football Survey

* NIOSH Origins
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, and it develops and enforces workplace safety and health regulations. NIOSH is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It has the mandate of helping to assure “safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by providing research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.” NIOSH has more than 1,200 employees from the fields of epidemiology, medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, engineering, chemistry, statistics, economics, communications, and administration.

3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    January 25th, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Dave Pear

    To NFL Dr. “NO” Ira Casson,

    For 16 years, you were the Chairman of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee for the NFL. You are on record saying that, “There is no scientific evidence that repeated blows to the head from football cause brain damage or early onset dementia.”

    I would suggest that you give this same speech to the Department of Health & Human Services & OSHA. In fact, the NFL never kept any records of concussions prior to 2010. As “Dr. NO” you were the Chairman of the MTBI committee and you gave your quack medical opinion to Congress on head injuries sustained in the NFL by its players.

    In my opinion, you should be prosecuted for malpractice and fraud for violating your hippocratic oath as a doctor. And then you should stripped of your medical license.

    I realize the NFL paid you to be dishonest, fraudulent and part of their scheme to scam the very people who have made – and continue to make – them large sums of money but now they’re being sued by over 6,000 retired players and their spouses and families for employing people like you who are directly involved in the concussion cover up! (Just like the tobacco scandal…)

    We can’t wait to see you added to the lawsuits so you can take the witness stand and try to keep saying, “No!”

    Dave Pear

  2. RobertinSeattle
    January 25th, 2013 at 8:18 pm #


    BTW – I noticed that under the What You Should Do section on the last page, they advise:

    “We sent this information because we want you to share it with your doctor.

    “We recommend you send your doctor a copy of this fact sheet to keep in your file or bring a copy to your next appointment. By letting your doctor know we found some health concerns, your doctor can better monitor you for any early signs, recommend tests, and explore treatment options as soon as possible.”

    So… I wonder what they would do if you asked the NFL-appointed doctor to attach a copy of this study summary to your file when you’re applying for your NFL Disability Benefits?

    I also noticed that they mention the coming Neuro-Cognitive Benefit from the NFL (we posted a copy of the application earlier this week). Wonder if the NIH, CDC and OSHA have actually seen the No-Lawsuit Waiver you need to sign when you apply?

    Or maybe the 5,000 retired football players in the concussion lawsuits could each send a copy of this study to Dr. “NO” Ira Casson along with a jar of Vaseline?

  3. J. Fred Muggs
    January 26th, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    J Fred Muggs

    Why stop at Ira Casson?

    The whole committee including Viano, Lovell, Maroon et al. all committed malpractice. You should list all of them.

    How about the new committee? The NFL conveniently selected mutes Ellenbogen and Batjer have nothing to say because the NFL has a tight leash on them.

    Lovell, Maroon and Collins sold this crap to children through Impact. Who was their top salesman? None other than Drew Brees through the NFLPA and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

    UPMC should be sued as it sat around as center of excellence always seeming to clear a needed player just in time for a big game.

    How about Thom Mayer, MD medical director of NFLPA? He never says anything that would call attention to his NFL Physcian golfing buddies’ malfeasance.

    De Smith’s only interest is making sure he does not have pay benefits to retirees. Current players should watch their backs as this guy has already sold them out. He should be sued for legal malpractice and administrative incompetence.