NCAA to Test Current and Former Athletes for Concussions as Part of Lawsuit Settlement

By Brian Shields

Tue Jul 29th, 2014 6:38am America/Los_Angeles

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CHICAGO (AP) – The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit.

A federal court filing obtained by The Associated Press says the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain injuries. Players can use the results later as grounds for suing for damages.

The NCAA also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who receive blows to the head.

The settlement applies to multiple sports, including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse. It covers both men and women.

The filing Tuesday in Chicago notifies a judge that the parties have struck a deal after nearly a year of talks. Ten similar suits filed nationwide were consolidated into this lawsuit.

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