Athletes’ Concussions & Legal Problems for Colleges: Are You Really Liable?

Posted on March 31, 2011 by

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Medical researchers are learning more each year about the devastating long-term effects of sports-related brain injuries, and there is no clear answer to who could be held liable for the damage in years to come.

Athletes who compete for NCAA programs, for example,  do so in a gray area, legally speaking, said Chris Nowinski, president of the Sports Legacy Institute.

The crux for college athletes, he said, is whether they’re being told upfront about the long-term risks associated with competing in football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, or any other sport in which concussions are common.

Boston University researchers found CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in the brain of a college football player who died last year.

In this article you can read a more detailed analysis.

Is your college taking any precautions? Do you have any procedure in place that can minimize your liability?

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