The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been sued by over 50 of its former wrestlers who allegedly suffered brain damage that developed due to the accumulated effects of regular and routine impact on the fighters' heads during their WWE careers.
The former wrestlers claimed to suffer from long-term brain damage and development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is an Alzheimer’s-like neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.
In the complaint, they said that WWE failed to provide care when they were injured and instead put their interests first before their fighters’ health, safety and financial security.
They also accused WWE of concealing the risks associated with head trauma as a result of their performance and classified the wrestlers as independent contractors rather than as employees to free themselves from liability.
Very recently, a mixed martial art (MMA) fighter suffered a major skull fracture while fighting in London. This type of injury can lead to brain injury and cause severe pain.
Head injuries can also occur in other sports such as football or soccer, where players do not wear protective gear that prevents injury to certain body parts, including the head.
Concussions happen when head-to-head impacts and collisions among players occur, and during instances when players use their heads to move the ball. Also, concussions can happen to those playing lacrosse, ice hockey, and water polo.
Aside from head injuries, there are also other health issues that players of different sports can suffer from.
A torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow, which results in what is called the Tommy John surgery occurs in pitchers in the baseball league. Their risk of injury increases as their speed in throwing increases. The ulnar collateral ligament becomes stressed in the position when the arm is cocked back.
A ruptured Achilles tendon occurs due to overstretching of the largest and strongest tendon in the body, which can withstand the stress of walking, running and jumping. Those who suffer from a ruptured Achilles tendon never regain the tendon’s stiffness which is essential for it to generate power, and usually, leads to a decline in athletic performance.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections are common among athletes who play contact sports, as they may have open wounds that can serve as entry points for infection, and among those who sometimes share clothing and equipment. MIMS
Head trauma and other injuries suffered in contact sports
Cecille Anthony Adams, 22 Jul 2016