If you played one or more sports sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at an NCAA member school, you may be entitled to free medical screening and, if qualified, free medical evaluations (known as “Medical Monitoring”) up to two times until November 18, 2069.
On August 13, 2019, a U.S. District Court Judge granted final approval of a Settlement that ended the class action lawsuit named In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Litigation.* The suit had been brought on behalf of then-current and former NCAA student-athletes. The suit claimed that the NCAA had been negligent and had breached its duty to (1) protect current and former student-athletes by failing to adopt appropriate rules regarding concussions and/or (2) manage the risks from concussions. The named plaintiffs sought medical monitoring for all qualifying current and former student-athletes, among other benefits.
The NCAA denied and continues to deny all allegations of liability and wrongdoing. Nonetheless, the Parties to the Litigation have reached a Settlement, which is now final.
The Settlement went into effect on November 18, 2019.**
This website describes the Medical Monitoring Program and explains how current and former student-athletes may receive free screenings and Medical Evaluations through the program.
You are a member of the Settlement Class (meaning you are a "Settlement Class Member") if you played an NCAA-sanctioned sport at an NCAA member institution at any time on or prior to July 15, 2016 and have not excluded yourself (“opted out”) from the Settlement Class. You do not need to have been diagnosed with a concussion to be a member of the Settlement Class.
Participation in the Medical Monitoring Program is completely voluntary. If you are an eligible Settlement Class Member and want to participate, you will have the opportunity to do so. You did not have to respond to a Settlement Notice to participate in the program.
*The lawsuit titled In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Litigation, Case No. 1:13-cv-09116, was presided over by Judge John Z. Lee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
**The Medical Monitoring Program will commence 90 days after the Settlement’s Effective Date, which is November 18, 2019. The Medical Monitoring Period will span 50 years after the Settlement’s Effective Date, i.e., until November 18, 2069.