NCAA settles concussion lawsuit

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The NCAA, the governing body for college sports, has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by athletes regarding brain trauma received during the course of play, according to an Associated Press report.

A $70 million fund will be established to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes, including football, hockey, soccer and other contact sport players, but unlike a similar lawsuit in professional football, no money will be used to pay players for damages.

Other terms of the settlement include mandatory baseline neurological tests for players to start each year, concussion education for players and coaches and the creation of an independent Medical Science Committee to oversee medical testing.

The settlement now goes to U.S. District Judge John Lee for approval, according to the Associated Press.

For more on imaging's role in head trauma, read " Turning Up the Volume on a Silent Epidemic: Advanced Imaging & TBI."