Former College Football Players Sue NCAA for Head Injuries

09/29/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Chicago, IL — Two former college football players assert the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) failed to enforce safety measures to protect players from concussions in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, September 28, 2011, in a federal court in Chicago, reported Business Week.

The plaintiffs, former University of Central Arkansas wide receiver Derek K. Owns and former Northwestern University offensive lineman Alex Rucks, claim in their lawsuit that NCAA “turned a blind eye” when it came to coaches teaching players to use their heads for tackling. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that NCAA failed to establish a system for screening head injuries and avoided its financial obligations to student athletes.

The lawsuit is seeking a court order, which will prohibit coaching of tackling methods that can result in head injuries, as well as creating a policy for when players can return to the game after sustaining a head injury.

The suit is also seeking to represent all ex-student football players who have suffered from concussions and developed chronic headaches, dizziness and mental or physical problems and incurred doctor bills for the illnesses after college, Business Week reported.

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