Pop Warner Settles Second Youth Football Injury Lawsuit Claiming Player Committed Suicide Due To Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Brain Injury
Another youth football injury lawsuit that was filed by a Wisconsin family has been settled by Pop Warner, the largest youth football league in the United Staes. This is the second settlement Pop Warner has reached this year involving it’s youth football league. The recently settled lawsuit was filed by a Wisconsin family whose 25 year old son Joseph played in Michigan for the Pop Warner football league.
Joseph committed suicide in June of 2012 and was later diagnosed with a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE has become a significant concern for both professional and youth sports athletes. It is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head and has been found mainly in athletes who play contact sports.
Pop Warner settled another youth football injury lawsuit in January after a youth football player in Los Angeles was paralyzed when using a dangerous tackling technique that the player claims his coaches had promoted them to do. The settlement came after a ruling in December against Power Warners motion to dismiss and cleared the way to trail which was scheduled for May. The settlement was confidential but believed to be in excess of $1 million. The paralyzed youth football player lives with his mother in an apartment without handicap-accessible amenities.
ABC news reports that settlement would avoid Pop Warner for having to defect the practices of it’s football league and having to ask a jury to rule against a paralyzed boy who lives in a while chair and whose life has been changed forever.
The Wsconsin youth football injury lawsuit alleged Pope Warner failed to properly train their coaches and failed to “enforce limitations on hitting in practice” and use the “safest helmets”. While the Los Angeles football injury lawsuit claimed the lack of safety protections facing all participants in the Pop Warner football league.
Pop Warner was founding in 1929 and is considered to be the largest youth football league in the United States. It advertises as a safety-first football league whose coaches are trained in proper football tackling techniques.
Both professional and youth football injures have been the discussion of news stories, bleacher talk and political discussions with calls for more studies, safer equipment, more training for coaches and safer guidelines.
One youth sports statistic report shows that about 8,000 children are treated for sports-related injuries and there were 120 sports-related deaths in 2008-2009, another 50 in 2010, and and additional 40 deaths in 2011.