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NCAA concussion suit includes Arkansas plaintiffs

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 29, 2014 at 9:33 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Former college athletes in Arkansas are among the plaintiffs involved in a class-action lawsuit over head injuries.

According to a federal court filing in Chicago, the NCAA agreed Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain injuries. Players can use the results later as grounds for suing for damages.

The NCAA also agreed to implement a policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who receive blows to the head. The settlement applies to multiple sports, including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse. It covers both men and women.

Plaintiffs include former Ouachita Baptist soccer player Angela Palacios, who suffered a concussion at practice, and former Central Arkansas football player Derek K. Owens, who suffered multiple concussions.

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