The Brain of the College Athlete

DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems, Vol. 8, p. 151, 2012

University of Toledo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-25

5 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2012  

Geoffrey Christopher Rapp

University of Toledo College of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

These remarks, presented at a 2012 DePaul symposium on college athletes, explore the link between rule infractions and the continuing development of students' brains. As the higher order mental functions -- including the ability to regulate emotions and respond to "hot" stimuli -- may not develop fully until the mid-20's, one explanation for why athletes violate NCAA rules for seemingly irrational reasons may have to with brain science. This could have implications for how universities counsel and communicate with student-athletes about compliance issues.

Suggested Citation

Rapp, Geoffrey Christopher, The Brain of the College Athlete (August 1, 2012). DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems, Vol. 8, p. 151, 2012; University of Toledo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158856

Geoffrey Christopher Rapp (Contact Author)

University of Toledo College of Law ( email )

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Toledo, OH 43606
United States

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