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Authors

K. Adam Pretty

Abstract

Part I of this Note will examine the medical history of concussions, and the growing link between concussions suffered by football players and the development of long-term head injuries. Part II will discuss factors that exacerbate the concussion problem in football, as well as examine how the head injury issue is being addressed by the NCAA, the National Football League (NFL), and state legislatures. Part III will examine the NCAA’s duty to protect student-athlete safety in light of the ongoing litigation against the NCAA, specifically the potential scope of legal liability for head injuries. Part IV will focus on what steps the NCAA can and should take to address the concussion issue, as well as the issue’s potential threat to college football in its current form if the NCAA refuses to adapt to the latest scientific discoveries about the long-term consequences of repeated head injuries.

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