Nowinski to NCAA: Give Your Football Players a Surgeon General-Style Warning

Published June 11th, 2012, Uncategorized

Chris Nowinski and his Sports Legacy Institute get slammed here from time to time, but they get nothing but applause today for their announcement about a new advocacy initiative directed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

SLI is calling on the NCAA to include in its concussion education program for football players an explicit warning about the risk of chronic traumatic encephelopathy.

Nowinski: “NCAA athletes are not financially compensated for the health risks to which they are exposed. We need to appreciate the irony of asking scholarship athletes to trade a free education for the risk of a degenerative brain disease that may minimize the benefit of that education. Athletes deserve to have informed consent and the opportunity to modify their behavior based on established science.”

More details at http://www.sportslegacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/SLI-NCAA-CTE-Press-Release.pdf.

 

Irv Muchnick