NCAA Says Concussion Settlement Good for Athletes

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By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - The NCAA is hailing a settlement in a class-action concussions suit that creates a $70 million fund to diagnose current and former college athletes for possible brain injuries.

The sides announced a deal Tuesday in a filing in federal court in Chicago. They'd been negotiating for nearly a year.

The NCAA's chief medical officer, Brian Hainline, calls the settlement provisions "proactive measures" that "will ensure student-athletes have access to high quality medical care."

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

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

The agreement stops short of setting aside a fixed amount of money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. But it leaves open the possibility that individual athletes can sue the NCAA for damages.

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