Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of talk about sports-related injuries and how certain organizations have failed to properly protect athletes from long term impacts of concussions in sports. Concussions have been at the top of this list of concerns as it has become increasingly evident that the effects of the seemingly short-lived head injuries can last a lifetime.
The NFL (National Football League) has taken a battering as former professional athletes come forward with their stories, upon learning that the medical problems that they had been contending with might have been prevented. With proper helmets, meant to defend against concussions in sports, as well as skull fractures, many of the long term side effects might have been avoided. Similarly, many of the players coming forward stated that they were sent right back onto the field before they should have been, putting them at increased risk of repeat concussions, and thereby increasing the damage done.
Now, the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is facing the same fate. Just as the NFL has paid out millions to former players, the professional wrestling organization could be forced to pay out for injuries suffered by past superstars. This news comes as Billy Jack Haynes, longtime wrestling phenomenon, files a lawsuit.
The argument made, via a personal injury attorney, is that the WWE didn’t do enough to protect the wrestlers and, as a result, people like Haynes are facing the ongoing need for medical care. The business has changed a great deal as information has been made available regarding the risks posed by repeat concussions. Headshots are not seen nearly as frequently, and today’s wrestlers use different techniques to keep their bodies safe, as is mandated by the WWE.
Of course, the organization cannot undo what has already been done, yet many argue that the wrestlers knew that there were risks when they took on the job. Did the WWE do too little to protect them? Do those wrestlers deserve continued care for the sacrifice they made for the sport? The courts will likely be making that ruling in the very near future.