Legal Look at Sports Concussions

Sports concussions, or traumatic brain injuries, plague young athletes as well as professional players. While many concussions resolve quickly, some may have lasting or permanent effects. Recently, states have passed return-to-play laws addressing the issue – Sports provides a list of state laws. Legal practitioners and scholars have also begun to analyze the issue of sports concussions. Below is a brief bibliography of recent articles and commentary. You can find the full text of these articles in one of our legal databases.

  • Jeremy P. Gove, Three and Out: The NFL’s Concussion Liability and How Players Can Tackle the Problem 14 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 649 (Spring 2012).
  • Leslie Lueke, High School Athletes and Concussions 32 J. Legal Med. 483 (October-December 2011).
  • Ryan McLaughlin, Warning! Children’s Brains in Danger: Legislative Approaches to Creating Uniform Return-To-Play Standards for Concussions in Youth Athletics 22 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 131 (2012).
  • Michelle L. Modery, Injury Time-Out: Justifying Workers’ Compensation Awards to Retired Athletes with Concussion-Caused Dementia 84 Temp. L. Rev. 247 (Fall 2011).
  • Jason Navia, Sitting on the Bench: The Failure of Youth Football Helmet Regulations and the Necessity of Government Intervention 64 Admin. L. Rev. 265 (Winter 2012).
  • John M. Parisi & Douglas R. Bradley, Ringing the Bell on Concussions 48-AUG Trial 14 (August 2012).