The $765 million settlement between the NFL and former players who suffered concussion-related injuries could change the fate of many athletes who aspire from a young age to someday join their heroes on the gridiron.
The settlement “should bring more attention to research for all ages for football players,” Joel Stitzel, chairman of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest Baptist, told the Journal’s Richard Craver. Stitzel is the associate head of a joint program with Virginia Tech that is studying the cumulative effects of head impacts to football players aged 6 to 18. Using high-technology helmets embedded with sensors, the researchers are measuring the frequency and magnitude of all impacts to players over the course of a season. The study involves 240 football players, including 40 at Reagan High School.