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  • RETURNING TO PLAY AFTER A CONCUSSION CAN BE DANGEROUS

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 31-Mar-2013

    soccer concussions

    Returning to active play in sports prematurely after a concussion can have significant long term negative impacts on a person's health and well-being. Such is the case of our client, Bryan Namoff. He was a star professional soccer player employed by Major League Soccer to play on the DC United team. During a game in September 2009 he took a hit from a player from the opposing team and as a result suffered a concussion. DC United returned him to play a few days later despite his not having fully recovered from the concussion.

    Following the game, his concussion symptoms intensified. He had excruciating headaches and an inability to focus and concentrate. His symptoms were so bad he could not return to play on the team. Instead, he was given a job in the front office, doing administrative work. He was unable to successfully complete that work and was let go. To date, he remains unemployed. He continues to undergo extensive medical treatment in an effort to alleviate his symptoms. He underwent surgery to decompress a nerve in his head, with little improvement. His doctors are hopeful to be able to return him to work in some capacity. He is not expected to ever return to play soccer. Partner Joseph Cammarata represents Mr. Namoff in a lawsuit pending in the D. C. Superior Court against D.C, United and the team doctor.

    Mr. Cammarata, who is President of the Brain Injury Association of DC, drafted legislation which is designed to protect youth athletes from the effects of a concussion. The legislation became law and is known as the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011, and requires a youth athlete to be removed from practice or play if suspected of having a concussion and not returned to practice or play unless cleared by a healthcare professional to do so.

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