NFL and Concussion Facts – What About Bicycle Riders?

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Today’s post comes from attorney Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr.

The National Football League (NFL) is concerned about concussions and they should be. I recently attended a program at Duke Law School ( on Head Trauma in Football that mentioned the concerns parents have about their kids playing football and several of the experts, including Joel Charles Morgenlander, MD, of Duke University School of Medicine and Dale Bass of Duke’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, expressed concern but also emphasized that we should not jump to conclusions. There is a need for more research as to the effects of one-time blows to the head, multiple hits to the head, and whether a player can safely resume play after one or more concussions. There are simply too many unknowns before a physician can state with certainty the answers to many questions parents have about safety.

Dr. Morgenlander stressed the need to make sure any physician making an initial examination for a concussion gets a complete history of the individual, which may require speaking with family members and others who know the patient well. Duke University has started a program that tries to establish a baseline for athletes coming to the school and every athlete, not just football players, gets this examination. Also, although helmets can potentially minimize the impact of a head trauma, if the helmet doesn’t fit properly (and many schools don’t have the resources…

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