The federal National Football League (NFL) concussion litigation is already bringing attention to the short- and long-term risks of head injuries in sports in general, according to NFL concussion lawyer Sol Weiss.
“This NFL lawsuit, as we talked about in March, has had a lot of good effects,” Weiss said in an interview at Villanova University about the recent $765 million proposed NFL settlement and its implications for the future of football. “In hockey, college soccer, women’s field hockey, lacrosse, any sport where you can have a concussion, I think the game will be safer for all participants, whether it’s high school, college, semi-pro, whatever it is…. It raised an awareness in the public, which is a good thing.”
Many former football players have been diagnosed with conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological problems. But it’s important that players in other contact sports understand they’re not immune to these dangers.
Second-impact syndrome (SIS) can result if a second concussion occurs while a person is still recovering from another concussion. The condition is rare, but it can be fatal. Even short-term problems such as post-concussion syndrome can range from weeks to months and affect a person’s everyday tasks.
Even one concussion can endanger a person’s well-being, so coaches, players and others involved in sports are urged to understand the importance of prevention and proper treatment.