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With the upcoming fifth International Conference on Concussion in Sport taking place in October 2016, the management of concussion in athletes will again be under increased scrutiny. However, it has rarely left the spotlight with 58 articles published in BJSM alone between 2012 and 2016!
An off-field event fuelling this continued interest has been the American NFL players’ lawsuit; a group of retired NFL athletes won a US$900 million out-of-court settlement from the organisation, stating they were not warned about brain injury risk and that cases were hidden from them. Upheld by the court of appeals, there are calls to include players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy in this decision. This may set a new legal precedent, and already another lawsuit has been filed by American footballers against the National Collegiate Athletic Association on similar grounds.
Media attention on the concussion lawsuit in America highlights the potential medico-legal sequelae if concussion is (or is perceived to be) inadequately detected or managed. Commentary by …
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