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“The family of a Montclair High School football player who died two days after collapsing in a 2008 junior varsity game agreed Monday to settle its lawsuit against the school and the township’s Board of Education for $2.8 million, the family’s lawyer said.”

Though the National Football League’s recent $765 million settlement with thousands of retired players hogs the headlines, the resolution of the Ryne Dougherty case is a much more telling harbinger of football’s future.

Not mentioned in the news account cited above is that this case involved more than the liability of a public school system for wrongful death. It also exposed the expensive futility of newfangled “concussion awareness” measures, such as the quack ImPACT “concussion management system.”

See links below for further reading.

Irv Muchnick


LA Weekly Article Highlights Why ‘Concussion Awareness’ Is Not the Answer

Published August 18th, 2011

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Concussion Inc. - Author Irvin Muchnick