NFL pledges to halt "race-norming" practice, review past brain injury cases


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Via:  hallux  •  5 months ago  •  4 comments

By:   Shawna Chen - Axios

NFL pledges to halt "race-norming" practice, review past brain injury cases

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The NFL on Wednesday pledged to halt its decades-old use of " race-norming " — a practice that assumes Black players have a lower baseline level of cognition — in its near-billion-dollar concussion settlement,   AP reports .

Why it matters:   The use of  "race-norming" meant that Black players had to show a larger cognitive decline to qualify for the settlement. The NFL said Wednesday that it will also review previous scores for potential race bias.

  • The announcement comes after two Black players filed a civil rights lawsuit and a group of NFL families filed 50,000 petitions at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, per AP.

Our thought bubble,   via Axios' Jeff Tracy: Wednesday's announcement is such an important and overdue win. The next step is not only ensuring future claimants are treated equally, but that past ones who've been denied claims because of their skin color can have those decisions reviewed, and perhaps reversed.

Catch up quick:   In 2013, the NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement after facing a flood of lawsuits from retired players who alleged the league concealed what it knew about the dangers of repeated head trauma.

  • The $765 million cap has since been removed, and more than $856 million   has been awarded   to 1,263 retired players as of May 21.
  • Those who claim their careers led to dementia or similar cognitive diseases are required to undergo medical testing to determine if they are eligible for compensation.
  • Though the NFL has said race-norming was never mandated, the organization did appeal some Black players' claims if their scores were not adjusted for race.
  • Worth noting:   Medical experts have protested the practice.

What they're saying:   The NFL has formed a panel of neuropsychologists to formulate a new testing protocol, according to the organization. The panel includes three Black doctors, per AP.

  • "The replacement norms will be applied prospectively and retrospectively for those players who otherwise would have qualified for an award but for the application of race-based norms," the NFL said in a statement issued to AP


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Sophomore Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    5 months ago

Some heads are more equal than others ... ?

Professor Principal
2  Kavika     5 months ago

I read about this a few weeks ago, how sad it is that the NFL used this to determine settlements for head-injured players.

Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
3  Sean Treacy    5 months ago

"Race norming" was put in place by the Carter administration to account for the fact that blacks scored worse than whites on standardized testing. Under racial norming, Black test takers  were only measured against other blacks rather than  against other races, giving them higher scores.   Doctors applied the concept to cognitive function tests, with the result that scores were artificially depressed.

Thrawn 31
PhD Guide
4  Thrawn 31    5 months ago

Lol god damn NFL, what can't you fuck up? 


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