On August 8th, Irv Muchnick posted on Concussion Inc. an exclusive story about the possible “smoking gun” that the plaintiffs (former NFL players) now have in their pocket regarding concussion information in the pending law suit. The basics of the argument the former players have is the NFL knowingly disregarded information about player safety as it pertains to long-term effects of concussions;
Now comes a new piece of the puzzle: discovery of a 1975 article in the journal The Lancet, entitled “Cumulative Effect of Concussion.” Historically, The Lancet is rivaled only by the Journal of the American Medical Association as the most widely quoted source in all of clinical literature. It does not seem credible that such findings could have escaped the close attention of the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.
The article in the 22 November 1975 issue of The Lancet was co-authored by Drs. Dorothy Gronwall and Philip Wrightson of the neurosurgery department at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand. From a study of 20 young adults following second concussions, the doctors concluded:
“The effects of concussion seem to be cumulative, and this has important implications for sports where concussion injury is common.”
A year earlier there was an article in the Lancet regarding the same researchers wrote about the recovery period for concussions, “usually less than 35 days.” These two important information pieces have only now just become unearthed by the hard work of Muchnick and Don Brady. It will be interesting if this study gets any legs, but I am also just now finding out about this article. Since 1975 is earlier than the 80’s when most the players were playing, and 2002 when Bennet Omalu put a name to the disease CTE this would be an article that should have held some weight at the time.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this…