Risk of Concussion Warning NOT Responsibility of NCAA, Jury Says


Puffer relied on a decision from 1980 where the NCAA’s medical committee decided not to implement rules that limited concussed players from playing while concussed. The physical also stated that any “warning” regarding concussions to players would simply worry them unnecessarily. Puffer himself doesn’t give “blanket warning” to the athletes in his care either.

Puffer also stated that before the NCAA decides to require that players be informed of concussion possibilities, there must “irrefutable evidence” of CTE and other concussion diseases. Puffer says that this evidence does not exist. On Friday, Puffer attempted to retract this statement, claiming that the term “irrefutable evidence” is possibly too strong of a word to be used. He now states that the committee need only “sound and timely scientific evidence.”

Hearings are set to resume on Monday, November 7, 2022, and closing arguments will be heard at the end of the month.

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The case is Alana Gee v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, case number 20STCV43627, in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County.