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Professor Orentlicher's Study on Football and Concussions to be Published
Professor David Orentlicher's study "Concussion and Football: Failures to Respond by the NFL and the Medical Profession," co-authored by William S. David of Harvard Medical School, traces the evolution of the medical understanding of concussion over the past several decades. The study is scheduled for publication in the FIU Law Review of the Florida International University College of Law.
According an abstract of the study, posted to the Social Science Research Network website, "In reviewing the response of the National Football League to concussion, one can easily think that the league was too slow to worry about the medical consequences of head trauma. … the extent to which its response was unreasonable is unclear. If many medical experts did not worry about concussions, it is difficult to fault the NFL for not worrying either."
"Still one can question the NFL's failure to adopt concussion guidelines in the late 1990s when medical experts did issue guidelines," Orentlicher said.
Professor Orentlicher is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law, and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health.