Concussion- Traumatic Brain Injury

State Bar of Michigan-The Mentor. Fall/2018.

2 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2019

Date Written: October 1, 2018


The purpose of this article is to inform coaches, players, parents, athletic directors and general counsel of the seriousness of the risks of concussions to young people whose brains have not fully developed.

Concussions, also known as traumatic brain injuries, occur when your brain violently impacts the inside of your skull. Concussions can permanently damage your ability to think or work. The injuries lead to tort claims and product liability lawsuits against the National Football League, high schools, colleges, helmet manufacturers and others involved in the game of football, soccer and other contact sports.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention, it is estimated that as many as 47% of all high school football players suffer a concussion each year. Every concussion is a brain injury. The effect of this damage range from behavioral and emotional disorders to full body paralysis.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association provides a bevy of information on health and safety, educational materials, screening and insurance benefits.

A new medical device called BrianScope can diagnosis traumatic brain injury. Clinical trials have demonstrated that BrianScope One can indicate the presence or absence of brain injury with 98% accuracy.

Keywords: Concussions, Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tort Claims, Product Liability, CTE, Football, Dementia

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., Concussion- Traumatic Brain Injury (October 1, 2018). State Bar of Michigan-The Mentor. Fall/2018. , Available at SSRN:

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