To wrap your head around it, imagine a nice weekend day when you are heading over to the nearby community center to enroll your child in the local youth football league. You arrive to find a bunch of other people doing the same thing — walking up to the registration desk, filling out forms and talking about the coming season and benefits of playing organized sports. A few minutes and several strokes of a pen later, your child is signed up to play. It is only years later, when symptoms of chronic injuries emerge, that you feel compelled to consider how what you did with the pen in your hand might have meant the difference between life and death.
Lawyers in the lawsuit against Pop Warner will argue whether a cumulative brain injury such as CTE is covered in the waiver signed by the players’ parents.