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Where Is Sports Concussion Litigation Headed?

Feb. 19, 2016, 5:00 AM

Concussion litigation—and the brain injury science that underlies it—is trickling from the ranks of professional athletes to amateur and youth players, and that may create an expanding pool of future plaintiffs and new legal challenges for defendants, lawyers and academics tell Bloomberg BNA.

Repetitive head trauma often begins in youth sports, and the impact on young brains may be the key to future sports concussion litigation, the lawyers say. Developments in chronic brain injury diagnosis may also raise the odds of suits by youth and adult amateur players against equipment manufacturers, schools and non-profit sports leagues.

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