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  • Former College Football Player Sues NCAA and HCAC

    February 21, 2017 | Legal News

    Former AU football player sues the NCAA and HCAC for alleged injuries

    A former Anderson University student, John Camperlino, has filed several personal injury lawsuits against two sports organizations: the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and HCAC (Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).

    Camperlino and his lawyer are suing for long term brain damage that Camperlino allegedly obtained while playing football for Anderson University.  The lawsuit alleges issues such as breach of contract, negligence, fraudulent concealment, and unjust enrichment.  Camperlino is seeking damages of two million dollars.

    Vincent P. Circelli, Camperlino’s lawyer, said that there was no lawsuit planned against Anderson University.  Circelli and Camperlino believe the real liabilities lie with the NCAA and the conferences because they are supposed to be looking out for the players’ welfare.

    Concussions are no joke and should not be taken lightly

    Circelli has mentioned that Camperlino’s symptoms match up with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and some other minor brain injuries.  CTE can affect short term memory, problem solving, concentration, attention, ability to multitask, and more.

    Below are some statistics on concussions.

    -According to data collected from the NCAA’s Injury Surveillance System, college football results in about 1,500 concussions each year.

    -The NCAA reported about 11 percent of concussions occur during practice.

    -According to the NCAA, a college football team averaging 60 players is likely to experience one concussion every five games.

    -According to the journal Neurosurgery, players who have experienced three or more concussions are five times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. They also are three times more likely to develop significant memory problems and have a higher risk of developing early on-set of Alzheimer’s disease.

    All of this information and more about the lawsuit can be found here.

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