An overview of concussion protocols across professional sports leagues

Published 05 November 2014 By: Jake Cohen Sean Cottrell

Collisions and Head Injuries

Governing bodies and sports leagues have a heightened awareness the risk poised to athletes from head trauma sustained in the participation of their sport  following the NFL concussion litigation1. This article looks at key regulatory and educational approaches taken by Premiership Rugby, Premier League, NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA to tackle the risk of concussion in their sport.

It is the intention of the authors that this article will to provide greater clarity as to how sport as a community is addressing this important issue. 

Given the vast amount of work that the leagues cited above have undertaken we have decided to focus on the following key areas:

  • Baseline testing (used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function2),
  • Education programmes,
  • Assessment protocols during competitions,
  • Decision making with regards to players returning to the field of play;
  • Concussion rate of each sport.

We welcome any comments and feedback; it is through sharing information that we hope we can improve awareness and understanding of this issue and share best practices.











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About the Author

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen

Jake is a Consultant Mills & Reeve and an attorney working on both sides of the pond.

He has worked in the sports team at Mills & Reeve, and also writes about legal, economic, and financial issues in European sport for the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and other publications. He has been cited as an authority by media outlets all over the world.

At one time, he was a serviceable fly-half.

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Sean Cottrell

Sean Cottrell

Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport. Founded in 2010, LawInSport has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world.

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