Many Colleges Fail to Address Concussions

A quarter of schools don’t educate their athletes on the injury.  Policies guiding concussion treatment at scores of colleges across the country still run afoul of rules set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), according to a new study in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Read more…

New Technique Helps Identify Brain Damage from Concussions

A newly discovered neuroimaging technique allows researchers to identify brain disease caused by concussions. The technique uses a special energy-emitting compound that attaches to a protein found in the brain that results from excessive blows to the head. This compound is visible in a PET scan. This represents a key step forward in identifying concussion-related …

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EXCLUSIVE: DEA Investigates Prescription Drug Abuse in NFL Locker Rooms

A probe into the use of painkillers, sleeping pills and other prescription drugs illegally provided by the NFL to 1,300 retirees is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration after attorneys’ for the retired players filed a lawsuit. This is the second major allegation in recent years following the investigation into the NFL for masking …

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Radio Interview on The Brian Oxman Show

Last week, Mel Owens appeared on The Brian Oxman Show. This radio interview discussed the recent NFL Prescription Drug lawsuit. During the interview Mel shares more about the lawsuit and the importance for past, present, and future players. If you would like, you can listen to the radio interview.

Amended Complaint Released In Drug Lawsuit Against NFL

In the most recent development in the case against the NFL, the law firms of NBO Law and STSW have released an amended complaint that names an additional plaintiff and increases the number of total retained plaintiffs. Lake Forest: June 4, 2014 –Namanny, Byrne and Owens of Lake Forest, California (“NBO”) and The law firms of …

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NBO Law NFL Prescription Drug Lawsuit

Class Action Law Suit Filed Against NFL Alleges Prescription Drug Abuse The law firm of Namanny, Byrne, and Owens, in conjunction with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White, has filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL. The lawsuit alleges the NFL supported an environment in which prescription drugs and controlled substances were illegally distributed by …

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Concussions Lead To Microscopic Structural Changes In The Brain, Three New Studies Say

Three new studies have shown microscopic structural changes in the brain after a concussion including vascular changes, white matter changes and structural changes that exists even after a full recovery period. “It’s at least a little kind of warning … that if someone has a concussion, don’t send them back (to play) right away, give them …

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Four Former High-Profile Players Join Class Action Lawsuit Against NHL

The Law Firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White (STSW) in conjunction with Namanny, Byrne & Owens (NBO Law) have filed an Amended Class Action Complaint in the matter of Leeman, et al. v. National Hockey League, et al. (Civil Case No. 13-CV-1856-KBJ) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Four …

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Helmet hits in the NFL causing more than just concussions, NFL suit “case not closed”

With the implementation of the targeting penalty in the NFL, defensive backs are resorting to lower hits to break up passing plays. The recent ACL and MCL tear sustained by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski after Cleavland safety T.J. Ward drove his helmet into Gronk’s knee shows how the NFL has traded one evil for …

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Craig Morton, dissatisfied with NFL settlement, pushes for court case

“I’m not trying to do any harm to the NFL,” Morton said. “But it’s time for someone to step forward. The league never dealt with the real issues. There are a lot of guys out there who are hurting.” Morton notes that the NFL motion to form a settlement places a delay on the entire legal …

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Taking A Look At The Faulty Credo At The Core Of Hockey

In a piece by Canadian publication The Province, author Ed Willes takes a look at the core credo by which many hockey players live, “the players owe the game everything; the game owes the players nothing.” Willes argues that it’s exactly this erroneous credo that has many public hockey figures speaking out against the complaint filed …

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Seven Seasons, 17 surgeries and Kurt Walker is Still in Pain

Kurt Walker, former Toronto Maple Leafs winger, discusses his hockey career and battle with the ongoing pain. Mel is also quoted in this article: “The NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA have worked in concert to end disability benefits for pro athletes in California and other states,” Owens said. “They don’t care about the players once they’re …

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“Back then, you needed an arm dangling by a thread not to play.” -Nick Kypreos, 8 Year NHL Veteran

Mel Owens, one of the attorneys involved in the class-action lawsuit against the NHL, was recently a guest on Hockey Central at Noon. After an interesting conversation with hosts Doug MacLean, Nick Kypreos and Darren Millard regarding the merits of the lawsuit, the hosts took to discussing the issue among themselves. What resulted were a number of telling quotes regarding the culture of the league during the time period in which the players involved in the lawsuit were active.

Mel Owens & NBO Law File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NHL

A class-action lawsuit filed by Mel Owens and NBO Law alleges that the NHL has failed adequately protect players from incurring debilitating head trauma. The complaint alleges that the NHL has consistently lagged in responding to current medical findings in regards to concussions. The suit includes 10 former NHL players, some of whom were league …

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Concussion Lawsuit Filed Against the NHL

Class Action Lawsuit Leveled Against NHL Alleging Negligent Behavior

In a cross-country collaboration, the Laguna Hills, California based law firm of Namanny, Byrne, and Owens is filing a class action lawsuit in conjunction with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White of Baltimore, Maryland. The class action lawsuit, which is being leveled against the National Hockey League (“NHL”) on behalf of former players, alleges that the NHL has failed to effectively respond to the head injuries sustained by players. The lawsuit contends that the NHL has behaved negligently and fraudulently in regards to the player sustained head trauma over the past decades.

Ridley Scott To Direct Film About Deadly Effects Of Concussions In Football Players

Ridley Scott, the award-winning and Oscar nominated director known for Blade Runner, Gladiator, and Blackhawk Down, wants his next project to be a drama focused on the effects of concussions in pro football. Scott wants to create a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role …

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Two Startups Are Looking To Tackle Concussions In Young Athletes

Quantum Institute, with 13 employees, has raised more than $1 million to develop portable brain-mapping technology known as Q-Map to determine whether an athlete needs further medical attention after a hit. Kelly Gee, CEO of Quantum Institute ,and Dan Nicholson, founder of Head Case Concussion Management System, are basing their new businesses around early concussion …

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NFL Concussion Settlement Leaves Fans at a Moral Crossroads

The NFL concussions settlement has put fans who watch pro football on a moral hot seat. Former players have taken the settlement money, leaving the fans three ways to rationalize their addictive zeal for these weekly spectacles: ■ You love the product and don’t really care about its costs. ■ You are troubled by football but …

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For the NFL, Focus on Concussions Yields Mixed Results

Despite a new emphasis on safety and concussion prevention, league guidelines continue to foster an environment where a single player can still suffer four concussions in as many months.  In all, 2012 saw a total of 160 players placed on a team injury report for either a head injury or a concussion during the regular season, …

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Concussions Will Change Catching in MLB

The majority of the focus on concussions in sports has been in football.  There wasn’t even a conversation started about concussions in baseball until 2006; now, however, that appears to be changing.  When PEDs get to the backburner, will the next big crisis in baseball be about catcher’s concussions? Read more…

Window of Opportunity for Workers’ Compensation Claims in California

In my last post, back in July 16, I gave you the updated status of AB 1309, the proposed bill to end all workers’ compensation for professional athletes in California.  Today I wanted to expand a little more on the critical “window of opportunity” we have that will close as of January 1, 2014. Though …

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Does NCAA Face More Concussion Liability Than the NFL?

Adrian Arrington, an Eastern Illinois football player  — along with former Central Arkansas football player Derek Owens, former Ouichita Baptist University soccer player Angela Palacios and former Maine hockey player Kyle Solomon — are named plaintiffs in a concussion lawsuit against the NCAA. Alleging that the NCAA failed its duty to protect athletes, the lawsuit …

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Why Professional Athletes Go Broke (It’s Not What You Think)

Sports Illustrated reports the grim statistics — 78 percent of NFL players face bankruptcy or serious financial stress within just two years of leaving the game and 60 percent of NBA players face the same dire results in five years.  While the statistics are not in dispute, the reasons why so many athletes face financial …

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Study: Dementia tops cancer and heart disease in cost

Dementia is now being linked to concussions and head injuries.  Ex-NFL players are suffering from dementia and dying of brain disease.   Dementia is one of the most costly diseases to American society, and the NFL is trying to pass these costs on to the U.S. taxpayers by supporting legislation such as AB-1309. http://thedailynewsonline.com/lifestyles/article_66fce1d4-a151-11e2-84d4-001a4bcf887a.html

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I am Mel Owens. I was a first round draft pick for the L.A. Rams back in 1981 and I played for them for 10 years. As a former NFL football player I know what it’s like to sustain injuries, keep playing, and not think about the effects those injuries might have on me later. …

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