The NCAA’s refusal to pay its players isn’t the only controversial on its list. Just like the National Football League, they have also been accused of hiding the effects of concussions on its players and today they settled a lawsuit brought by formers players concerning that very issue.
The NCAA agreed to pay $70 million in damages to former players as part of a class-action head injury lawsuit that will be used for medical testing and treatment to determine if players suffered long-term brain trauma from concussions or injuries they sustained while playing college sports. The lawsuit doesn’t just cover football. It covers all contact sports including, football, soccer and hockey. The settlement also includes a “single return-to-play policy” that better defines guidelines for players who suffer severe head blows during a game and when they should be allowed to return to the field to ensure no long term effects are caused from those collisions or injuries.
Earlier this month, the NCAA unveiled a new list of guidelines and rules to address concussion concerns. They include a limit on the number of contact practices that coaches can schedule for their players including four during the preseason, two during the regular session and eight out of 15 during spring training. The attorneys who brought the lawsuit on behalf of the players didn’t exactly call it the settlement a total game changer but they championed the settlement and the policy changes as a way of reducing the risks of serious long term injuries.
We’re just excited that the NCAA finally paid their players for something.