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NCAA sued by ex-college football players over head injuries

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The National College Athletic Association has been sued by two former college football players who claim the organization failed to enforce safety measures to protect them from concussions.

Former University of Central Arkansas wide receiver Derek K. Owens and former Northwestern University offensive lineman Alex Rucks allege the NCAA turned a blind eye to coaches who teach players to use their heads for tackling, failed to establish a system for screening head injuries and shirked its financial obligations to injured student athletes, according to complaint filed in federal court in Chicago on Wednesday.

The lawsuit seeks to represent all ex-student football players who sustained concussions and developed chronic headaches, dizziness and mental or physical problems and incurred doctor bills for the illnesses after college.

The complaint also seeks a court order barring coaching of tackling methods that can cause head injuries and establishing a policy for when players can return to play after a head injury. It also asks for a program to medically monitor ex-players and unspecified damages.

Chris Radford, a spokesman for the Indianapolis-based NCAA, didn’t immediately return a voice-mail message seeking comment about the lawsuit. The NCAA “has created several rules designed to prevent the injury, educate student-athletes and coaches, and protect against athletes returning too soon,” the group’s Web site says.
 

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  • I fell once
    I fell down once and hit my know...now, today, it still hurts. I am sueing the city, the state, the nation, the company that made the concrete in the sidewalk, the company that poured the cement in the sidewalk, the company that sold the tools to smooth the sidewalk, the manufacturer of the tools that were used to smooth the sidewalk, the family that lives in front of that sidewalk, the hot blonde that drove by that day and took my attention away from the sidewalk, our nation, and the company that manufactured the car that was carrying the hot blonde. WAKE UP PEOPLE...We need tort reform. Attorneys bringing these stupid lawsuits need to be fined and charged all court costs involved when they loose. I am tired of paying bills for the lazy, no good, morons that want to sue everyone attempting to get rich so they do not have to work.
  • Show some responsibility
    What happened to people being responsible for their own actions? Football is a rough sport and if they made it to college before incurring an injury it is only by grace that it happened. Just because someone in authority (say, a coach) instructs you how to do something (say, tackle with your head), doesn't mean you have to do it. Granted they may get set on the bench or even kicked off the team, but they made the decision to put themselves in harms way and should take responsibility for their actions. The lawyers should get punished for trying to shake down the NCAA, even though I am no fan of the NCAA.
  • omg
    Please. Everyone with at least half a brain knows the risks involved with playing football. Everyone also knows that you are not supposed to use your head to tackle. If the coach told his players to tackle with their heads he's an idiot and should be fired.

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