CTE - concussions

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I would never expect to be compensated for those head knocks I received.
Sounds like your head is more injured than you think (jokes).
It would probably come down to what were reasonable precautions given knowledge at the relevant time. Certainly up until fairly recently players were expected (meaning either ordered or otherwise shamed into it) to get up and hide any pain after copping a head whack, in addition to which in days gone by head whacks of various kinds were condoned in the game, aside from the most blatant fouls.
I expect player contracts now will all have to include a disclaimer that the player knows there may be a risk. The ones in danger from lawsuits could be clubs who send players back out when they are obviously hurt (Knights winger McManus may be an example of that?)
 
The specialist on the Concussion Fox Specialist says that there is no proven causal link between concussion and CTE.

It's just as damaging to have a history of drug and alcohol abuse and nutritional deficiencies @:cool:
 
So how many of these players will also take responsibility for themselves and admit to getting blind drunk regularly and taking illicit drugs, that would have more of an effect on your brain than any concussion. There is a reason these things start out in America and that is because there is some ambulance chasing lawyer looking for a payout and plenty of so called Scientists and Doctors for rent that will sell out and create a panic if they think it will bring a big pay day. the protocol in place these days really will stop most of the issues going forward.
 
So how many of these players will also take responsibility for themselves and admit to getting blind drunk regularly and taking illicit drugs, that would have more of an effect on your brain than any concussion. There is a reason these things start out in America and that is because there is some ambulance chasing lawyer looking for a payout and plenty of so called Scientists and Doctors for rent that will sell out and create a panic if they think it will bring a big pay day. the protocol in place these days really will stop most of the issues going forward.
That is head in the sand thinking. You really expect the NFL would agree to fork out over a billion dollars without getting their own ambulance chasing lawyers and so called scientists and doctors for rent to fight those claims? They tried all that, but the evidence was there, that is the only reason they set up the compensation scheme.
 
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That is head in the sand thinking. You really expect the NFL would agree to fork out over a billion dollars without getting their own ambulance chasing lawyers and so called scientists and doctors for rent to fight those claims? They tried all that, but the evidence was there, that is the only reason they set up the compensation scheme.
By all means, the NRL and all sporting bodies should start a compensation scheme - not just for head knocks but for other serious injuries, such as spinal damage. Footballers and cricketers now know the potential harm that can be caused by a head knock. Cricketers wear helmets now, which wasn't the case in my day. Footballers can opt to wear head gear, but few do.
All sports are fun but they carry a risk of injury. Shouldn't we be even more concerned about amateur sportspeople seriously injured playing for the love of the game, and not being financially compensated for it?
Where are the lawyers "fighting for justice" for amateurs? Nah. There's no money in amateur sport.
 
"I told Hayley and Dan [that] Steve died with it, rather than from it," Professor Buckland said.

"I’m very grateful for Hayley and Dan giving us that permission. I feel very touched. In a way this gives me a lot of hope we’re not the USA and it’s not going to end up in the courts. Maybe we can work it out in a much better way than overseas."

https://amp.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/st...0190713-p526xj.html?__twitter_impression=true
 
Ex-players from that era are likely to be at higher risk given the culture of playing on back then. On the other hand, these days we have bigger stronger athletes causing more violent collisions, and they are fresher due to the interchange rules. I'm sure all contracts now will include waivers about head knock consequences, but officials will have to be even more alert about ridding the game of illegal hits. The legal ones are plenty dangerous enough.
 
Very complexed area . In the N F L ; it was clearly shown that head administrations at one time previously were well aware of very likely adverse outcomes with concussions or not having sufficient preventative measures or protocols in place and then practically liable . Not sure that the same can apply to Australian body contact codes at the present time . Duty of care in a legal sense should probably also apply to players with complete intent to attack the head of an opposition player if that can be a conclusive cause of a serious concussion but then maybe becomes more of a cumulative issue over time for some players Not to mention the numerous other on field causes of a concussion . Maybe in time it may be expected for all body contact sports players to sign some form of a waiver in regard to long term or after a footy career head related medical issues Guess that the sports administrators can only do so much to prevent longer term issues with concussion related matters that may have a connection with on field footy incidences
 

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