From Youth Sports to Collegiate Athletics to Professional Leagues: Is There Really 'Informed Consent' by Athletes regarding Sports-Related Concussions?

42 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2016 Last revised: 19 Oct 2016

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Tracey Carter

Belmont University - College of Law

Date Written: Winter 2015

Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health issue in the United States. A sports-related concussion is a form of TBI that can occur from participation in both contact and non-contact sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States every year. This article emphasizes the serious impact of TBI on youth, collegiate, and professional athletes, explores whether athletes are really “informed” regarding sports-related concussions, and provides recommendations to better protect athletes and to decrease the number of sports-related concussions.

Keywords: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Informed Consent

Suggested Citation

Carter, Tracey, From Youth Sports to Collegiate Athletics to Professional Leagues: Is There Really 'Informed Consent' by Athletes regarding Sports-Related Concussions? (Winter 2015). 84 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 331 (2015); Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2016-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2845526

Tracey Carter (Contact Author)

Belmont University - College of Law ( email )

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

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