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Who knew the quest to make touchdowns for a living was so fraught with the potential for brain traumas?

In June 2012, lawsuits representing more than 2,100 National Football League players were filed, claiming the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuries to permanent brain damage.

According to pending lawsuits, “We believe that the long-term medical complications that have been associated with multiple concussions – such as memory loss, impulse anger-control problems, disorientation, dementia – were well documented, and that factually the NFL knew or should have known of these potentially devastating neurological problems, and yet it didn’t take any active role in addressing the issue for players,” said Anapol Weiss Attorney Larry Coben, who was quoted in the New York Times article.

Everybody loves school sports – promotes family fun, provides lots of exercise, and trends to soccer-mania. Soccer is among one of the sports, most prone to head injuries, traumatic brain injuries to be exact.

How can something like soccer that is so much fun and build character and sportsmanship put student athletes particularly girls at so much risk for potential brain injuries?

Athletes who often head soccer balls were found to have brain abnormalities similar to those found in patients with traumatic brain injuries according to the Radiological Society of North America. Repetitive heading can set off a cascade of responses that lead to brain cell degeneration.

football_4260212.jpgWhile fractures, broken bones, and other more tangible sidelining injuries have often received the most attention by organized sports officials, concussions have always posed an insidious yet serious danger. Due to a recent increase in concussion awareness, including a very high profile class action lawsuit in which former National Football League players are suing the league for turning a blind eye toward the problem, this important issue is getting more and more focus. A new Pennsylvania bill joins the growing initiative by implementing new safety measures to battle traumatic brain injuries in young athletes.

The suggested law, the Safety in Youth Sports Act, provides additional rules for educating parents, training athletic coaches, and sets protocol regarding when an athlete is permitted to return to the field or court following a potential concussion.

Specifically, the bill mandates:

In the first prospective class action lawsuit of its type, which may eventually include any NFL player who has ever suffered head trauma while playing in the league, seven previous professional football players have sued the NFL due to alleged negligence toward concussions and concussion-related injuries.

According to the Associated Press, in the lawsuit filed on August 17, the plaintiffs are charging the league with instructing players to hit using their heads, neglecting to adequately address the resulting injuries, and masking the potential links for decades between contact football and brain trauma.

Among the former players suing is two-time Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon, who claims he played through five concussions and now suffers from long term cognitive health problems as a result. The other previous players named in this claim are: Wayne Radloff, Charles Ray Easterling, Joseph Thomas, Steve Kiner, Gerald Feehery, and Michael Furrey. The lawsuit calls for increased medical observation as well as monetary compensation for the care of injured athletes.

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