Master of Science (MS)
Concussion, Easterling, Football, NFL, Settlement
Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Sports Management | Sports Studies
Reid, Lindsey, "Is the NFL Responsible for Concussions Sustained by Players?" (2014). Masters Theses. 332.
National Football League (NFL) players have sustained concussions while playing football (Casson & Viano, 2010). There is a growing controversy between NFL players, their immediate families, and the league regarding alleged claims that management should be held responsible for the physical deterioration of former players including compensatory damages for suffering. Family members of current and past NFL players claim league officials provided inadequate education regarding risks associated with playing professional football. Former players are experiencing health issues such as dementia, early Alzheimer's, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), trouble concentrating and inability to work; in some cases these debilitating life-changing events have caused some players to commit suicide (Lipsky, 2008). This research seeks to discern the dilemma of concussions in the NFL and associated responsibilities of league management.