I got a very interesting e-mail in my inbox last week. Here’s some screen shots of it.
I followed the link to that website and found this little grid helpful in expounding as well.
Just a little personal background: I played on the university tennis team. I’m quite sure if I showed up to a medical screening for concussion, they would probably laugh me out of the room. BUT my husband played NCAA football and as he put it, “Those guys kept getting bigger and bigger” as he advanced through his playing career. So I definitely followed the link in the grid on the website and gave them our information to keep us updated. The website says they are just gathering contact information right now and that the “screening questionnaire” mentioned on the e-mail isn’t live yet.
Now as to the settlement itself, it looks like what they are offering in recompense is a screen, then qualifiers get a medical evaluation and on -going medical “monitoring” twice a year for 50 years. Or that’s the plan anyway. All of this still has to be approved in the courts. I’m not sure what medical “monitoring” includes, but to me that sounds more like a check-up, kind of like research study participants after the completion of the treatment portion of the research… except there’s no treatment mentioned in this settlement. Which is why I will also be writing a comment on that settlement. What good is “monitoring” going to do if a problem is uncovered if there is no treatment involved with “monitoring”, which I highly suspect: not a thing. We’d still have to foot the bill for treatment, which is what anyone who wanted to be screened would be looking for– to get fixed what’s gone wrong due to the NCAA’s poor concussion management protocol. From what I understand of concussion, beyond what physical therapy does immediately after, there’s not a whole lot that can be done for chronic traumatic encephalopathy cases. But those are the kind of cases they’re looking for here, I would think. So maybe putting some money into researching effective treatments would be the way to go.
Anyone else have some thoughts? If you do, I would highly encourage you to share with us first of all and also consider writing a comment. As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. today I think a quote from him is rather applicable here: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And this matters for a lot of former and current student athletes!