Les Williams a former Alabama football player is one of over 100 suing the NCAA over brain injuries.
Was the NCAA Aware of the Long-Term Health Risks Associated with Hits to the Head
According to an NCBI journal article, between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions—a type of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury—occur in the United States each year as a result of sports and recreational activities. Many people fail to realize the serious nature of a “mild” concussion, which can lead to acute cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms. Further, repetitive concussions have been linked to the development of both chronic, traumatic encephalopathy and neurodegenerative disease. One of the activities which bring the very highest risk of concussion is American football. Nearly 80,000 college football players participated in organized college football leagues in 2012, with some studies reporting a higher rate of concussion among college football players as compared to high school football players.