Publication Date

Spring 4-18-2020


College of Arts and Sciences




Sports, Head Trauma, Insurance


Applied Statistics | Probability | Statistical Theory | Vital and Health Statistics


This thesis will investigate the growing problem of head trauma in contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer through medical studies, implications to the insurance industry, and ongoing litigation. The thesis will investigate medical studies that are finding more evidence to support the claim that contact sports players are more likely to receive head trauma symptoms such as memory loss, mood swings, and even Lou Gehrig’s disease in extreme cases. The thesis will also demonstrate that these medical symptoms and monetary losses from medical claims are convincing insurance companies to withdraw insurance coverage for sports leagues, which they are justifying through mathematics. Finally, the thesis will explore the ongoing litigation against sports leagues for alleged negligence against their players and their failure to communicate the sports’ dangers to their players