The National Institutes of Health (NIH), together with the National Football League (NFL), recently announced a partnership to award grants to eight projects involved in concussion research. According to a press release issued in December, the NIH and the NFL areawarding grants to the following projects:
- Two $6 million grants awarded to a partnership that includes the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and several academic medical centers.
- More than $2 million in funding to six pilot projects over the span of two years. These projects will help further understanding of and support for the early stages of sports-related concussions. If the pilot projects are successful, they may potentially become more comprehensive, long-term efforts.
Funding for projects that will further our collective understanding of concussions and the ways in which they impact athletes and victims is crucially important. It is, however, unfortunate that these efforts are being made after far too many athletes and families have already suffered from the debilitating effects of chronic traumatic brain injuries.
2013 was a year during which the devastating consequences of concussions became readily apparent to the public. The year was marked by high-profile lawsuits, profound stories about victims and families, and a number of deaths – 23 former players who sued the NFL have died in 2013 alone. Still a work in progress, the "concussion discussion" is one that needed to be thrust into the spotlight to spark increased awareness and legitimate efforts for change. It is only unfortunate that sports organizations had not taken such steps much sooner.
Proven Brain Injury Advocates
As a law firm that has successfully represented many injured athletes and brain injury victims throughout the years, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. fully supports new research that can support victims and save lives. As a Preferred Law Firm with the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), we are always available to provide support and assistance to victims and families grappling with these difficult experiences. For more information about brain injuries and athlete injuries, contact a Washington, DC personal injury attorney from our legal team.