The NCAA’s headache over concussions and their treatment in multiple sports has been addressed for now.
The Associated Press obtained a court filing which states the NCAA will “create a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain injuries. Players can use the results later as grounds for suing for damages.”
The NCAA agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit, which was comprised of ten individual lawsuits, but it denied “each and every allegation of liability, wrongdoing and damages and further denies that the MDL Action may be maintained as a class action except for settlement purposes.”
As part of the settlement agreement:
- The NCAA agreed to pay $70 million in total.
- The amount paid by the NCAA will go towards costs to fund the Medical Monitoring Program, Notice and Administrative Costs, the costs of the Medical Science Committee, Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, and Service Awards.
- The Medical Science Committee, which will be made up of four medical experts in the field, will establish a baseline screening questionnaire for the NCAA.
- The allocation of the resources will be determined by a third-party professional service company.
- Every student-athlete from each sport will receive preseason baseline testing.
- If a student-athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, he or she is prohibited from returning to the game or practice that same day.
- A student-athlete must be cleared by medical personnel before they can return to competition.
- During all contact sports games, the institution is required to have trained medical personnel present. This applies to all three levels of the NCAA athletics.
- The NCAA will create reporting process for institutions to report diagnosed concussions.
- The NCAA will contribute $5 million to concussion research.
The NCAA is obligated to provide $30 million into the settlement account within the first 30 days of the ruling. If the full amount of the settlement is not used within a court appointed date, the money will be returned to the NCAA.