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A jury in Colorado has found that Riddell, the country’s largest helmet
manufacturer, was at fault for failure to adequately warn players
wearing their football helmets about the dangers of potential
The company was ordered to pay several million dollars in damages to a
22-year-old man who was injured in 2008 while playing high school
The award, which came from the jury in Las Animas County District Court
in Trinidad, Colo., early Saturday morning, is a rare victory for those
injured while wearing football helmets. It could provide a prelude to a
parallel case brought by N.F.L. retirees, who have also sued the
According to the verdict, Riddell is responsible for $3.1 million, or 27
percent of $11.5 million in damages that were awarded to Rhett Ridolfi,
who sustained a head injury and was paralyzed on the left side of his
body during a football drill in 2008.
This research has been carried out by scientists from the University of Granada.
New scientific evidence seems to confirm the famous Roman saying
"Mens sana in corpore sano." Researchers from the University of Granada
have demonstrated that people who normally practice sport have a better
cognitive performance than those with bad physical health. More
specifically, the results of this research indicate that the former have
a better sustained attention span (they react more rapidly to an
external stimulus introduced randomly while carrying out a monotonous
task). Their autonomic nervous system also appears to work better when
dealing with cognitive loads over a longer time period.
In an article published in the latest edition of the journal PLoS One
scientists compared the cognitive performance in specific tasks such as
sustained attention, time-oriented attention (generating expectations
of when an event will occur) and time perception.
will face off in court Tuesday against thousands of retirees in a case
that will help determine the league’s role in caring for players with
dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The issue in front of United States District Court Judge Anita Brody in
Philadelphia is whether to grant the N.F.L.’s request to dismiss more
than 200 cases brought by more than 4,000 former players who accused the
league of hiding information about the dangers of head trauma. The
players are seeking damages for their injuries.
The league has insisted the cases, filed in the last few years,
essentially involved workplace safety issues covered by the collective
bargaining agreements that players agreed to. Therefore, the players
should plead their cases to arbitrators in grievance procedures, not a
judge, the league has said.
In Coombs case, the stuff not discussed is the fact that people with
disabilities are unusual. Coombs knows this first hand after he was
disabled in a gymnastics accident in 2009 that left him paralyzed from
the shoulders down.
His Huffington Post blog, the second of three, begins:
“I can't really blame people for the way they react to me sometimes. I
know people are curious. I can understand how it could be a little
jarring to be dancing in a club and then turn to see someone in a
wheelchair. Before my accident, I can't say that I wouldn't have felt
the exact same way.”
But people with disabilities also have the same needs, which was the
subject of his ArtPrize 2012 prize-winning photography series.
“Despite being disabled, we are still human and have sexual needs and desires,” he said.
Finding sports opportunities for kids with disabilities is not always as
simple as going down to the local soccer club during the first week of
March for sign-ups. Many families are not located near an existing
adaptive sports team. Hopefully including children with disabilities in sports
will soon get even easier, thanks to new guidance
from the U.S. Department of Education that clarifies that school
districts are legally obligated to provide equal access to
extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities.
Michigan schools understand their legal obligation to provide
students with disabilities equal opportunities to participate in sports,
according to Jack Roberts, Michigan High School Athletic Association
That understanding began before the U.S.
Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a letter in
January affirming the decades-old law.
“I think schools understood
before this letter very well that they were obligated under the law to
make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities...so far
as they could without altering the fundamental nature of the sporting
activity,” Roberts said. “That’s what the law has required and that’s
what schools have been doing very well.”
Hemorrhages, blunt-force trauma and bullet wounds don’t exactly scream “art.” But in a new exhibit, the National Museum of Health and Medicine is honoring men and women who survived such traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
The temporary exhibit — titled “Whack’ed . . .
and then everything was different” — expands on the museum’s standing
TBI installation, which showcases human brain specimens as well as
medical tools used for surgery, treatment and rehabilitation. Artist and
TBI survivor Eliette Markhbein created the larger-than-life portrait
series to raise awareness of TBIs.
Big screen newcomer Chadwick Boseman broke a sweat as the leading man of 42.
The biopic centers on the arduous career of legendary baseballer Jackie
Robinson as he faces racial adversity on and off and on-the-field some
more. Eventually, the short stop becomes a symbol of black excellence in a white-dominated, post-Civil War world.
Nothing gets in the way of Ken McGrory’s love for basketball.
played basketball my whole life. At 17, I had an accident to my right
arm, so I learned to play basketball all over again left-handed," he
says. "An injury should not stop you, or a perceived disability should
not stop you from trying something that you want to do."
Today, McGrory shares that lesson by coaching young players with special needs.
are players that are on all levels of the autism spectrum," McGrory
says. "We have players who have physical disabilities, and perhaps, we
have a number of players who have brain issues. Typically, they would
not be invited to play in a in a typical league because of whatever
issues they may have. I think it's inside of me that I encourage every
single kid to do their best."