College Athletes File Class-Action Suit against NCAA over Concussions

The New York Times reports that a class-action suit claiming the NCAA has been negligent in addressing concussions suffered by athletes has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern district of Illinois on behalf of Derek Owens, Adrian Arrington, Mark Turner, and Angela Palacios. Palacios is a former soccer player; Owens, Arrington, and Turner are former football players.

NYT writer George Vecsey interviewed Owens, who describes his history of concussions, the first two of which he sustained in high school. His most recent concussion, in 2010, resulted in depression, migraine, and poor academic performance.

The NCAA says that the suit is “without merit”.

Read the article at nytimes.com.

Former NHL Linesman Pat Dapuzzo Talks about Post-Concussion Depression

Former NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo is just one of a number of hockey players who have been in multiple collisions and have sustained multiple concussions as a result. He is also among the number for whom the consequences of those injuries are ongoing.

Dapuzzo, retired from active play and now a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs, has battled depression post-concussion. He has made a commitment to donate his brain and spinal cord to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Read the article “Recovery Doesn’t Stop After Injuries Heal” at nytimes.com.

Gabrielle Giffords on ABC’s 20/20

More than ten months after she was shot in the head last January, Representative Gabrielle Giffords is able to walk and is regaining her ability to speak, owing in large part to prolonged, intensive therapy.

The need for treatment is ongoing:  At this stage of her recovery, Ms. Giffords still has difficulty speaking in sentences and receives two hours of therapy daily.

Shortly after the shooting, Ms. Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, began making videos documenting the stages of her recovery.  Ms. Giffords and Mr. Kelly spoke with Dianne Sawyer on ABC’s 20/20 about the process and shared some of the videos.

Watch the episode.