Researchers Create A Blood Test That Detects Concussion Symptoms

In recent years, the national consciousness has turned to the dangerous nature and prevalence of concussions in football, primarily the NFL. Detailed studies, first-hand accounts from former players, and recent movies, like the Will Smith hit, Concussion, have further hammered home the importance of protecting against the damages brought on by head collisions. These collisions can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered severe or repeated head trauma.   In 2015, researchers at Boston University found CTE in the brains of 87 out of 91 former NFL players who had passed away.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have recently enacted new measures to better protect players from suffering brain injuries, including assigning league representatives to monitor teams and ensure that they are following the concussion protocol properly. They’ve also created steeper fines for violating the concussion protocol.

However, a new medical discovery may prove critical in determining if a player has suffered a concussion as well as the severity. Researchers from the department of neurochemistry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Molndal, Sweden, created a blood test that can detect not only if a player has had a concussion and its severity, but can also determine how long it will take the player to recover. They have determined that a protein called total tau (T-tau) is released when the brain is injured. According to their research, large amounts of T-tau can be found in a player’s brain when they’ve been injured. Also, the amount of T-tau discovered in the first hour of the injury can determine how long it will take to recover. This research can help concussions to be detected faster and more thoroughly, giving athletes a better opportunity to recover properly. The research was first reported in the journal JAMA Neurology.

If you are still feeling the lingering effects of a concussion long after your playing days are over, contact the NFL concussion attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. They will have the knowledge and the diligence to help you. Contact them today at 844-5

The NFL and The Players Association Agree to a New Policy to Enforce the Concussion Protocol

This week, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced stiffer policies aimed at enhancing enforcement of its concussion protocol. The new policy calls for fines or harsher penalties, including the loss of draft picks, if teams are found to be in violation of the rules.

Here’s how it will work. The NFL and the players’ union will assign a representative to monitor teams to determine if they are properly following the protocol. Teams may be fined $50,000-150,000 for a first violation. The second time that it has been determined that a team violated the protocol, a $100,000 fine will be assessed. Subsequent violations will also net a $100,000 fine. If it’s determined that a team ignored the protocol for competitive reasons, they may be forced to give up future draft picks.

The new ruling gives the NFL an additional way to ensure that the health of its players is held in higher regard than their ability to win football games for their teams. The NFL had 271 reported concussions in 2015. This included all preseason, regular season games and practices.

In the long run, if teams are held more accountable for how the administer the concussion protocol, there is a chance that fewer players will suffer from the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), once their careers have ended. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered severe or repeated head trauma.   In 2015, researchers at Boston University found CTE in the brains of 87 out of 91 former NFL players who had passed away.

If your career has come to an end but symptoms of CTE have intensified, consider discussing your case with the NFL concussion attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. They will work with you to ensure you get the justice you deserve. Contact them today at 844-511-4800.