Erika A. Diehl


In order to effectively manage this public health concern, it is imperative to gain an understanding of the issues surrounding head injuries in sporting events. This Note will discuss the increasing frequency and dangers of concussions in amateur and professional football. It will suggest that athletes, schools, coaches, and doctors must become more educated on the causes and dangers of concussions in order to ensure the safety of participants. In order to do so, this Note introduces a medical overview of concussions, while briefly outlining the diagnosis, long-term effects, and management of concussions. Part III discusses the legal theories athletes and their families may pursue, as well as potential defenses the defendants might utilize. Part IV describes what legislatures and amateur and professional sports organizations are doing in an attempt to combat the epidemic. Part V offers potential solutions for reform, including increasing congressional funding to help amateur organizations offset the rising costs of effective concussion management.