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What Schools Need To Know About Head Injuries Caused By Contact Sports

What Schools Need To Know About Head Injuries Caused By Contact Sports
Monday, 29 March 2021 By Katie Fudakowski, Sophie Beesley

As well as a return to in person schooling, 8 March 2021 will see outdoor after-school sports and activities resume. Plainly the positive impact of sport on the physical and mental health of children and young people is enormous and many schools will, rightly, be eagerly awaiting the return of sports training and fixtures. However, contact sports like rugby, football and lacrosse carry risk to children. This article aims to set out some of the latest scientific and legal developments regarding sport related head injury by discussing:

  • The Concern Around Heading In Contact Sports
  • The Medical Impact of Heading In Contact Sports
  • Duty of Care For Schools In Sports
  • Previous Cases Around Negligence/Duty Of Care Concerning Sport In Schools
  • Suggestions For Schools To Consider

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Katie Fudakowski

Katie Fudakowski

Katie is a partner at Farrer & Co.  She is a practising barrister with a decade of litigation experience in employment and safeguarding law built up while a tenant of Old Square Chambers. Katie believes in empowering her clients to take the right as well as legal course of action and she is valued her for her ability to cut through to the key issues and grasp the nettle with decisive and clear advice.

Her work as an independent investigator of safeguarding failures at major independent schools, international charities and sports organisations makes her ideally suited to guide clients through every step of safeguarding investigations, whether involving current or historic allegations and the associated engagement with the statutory agencies and regulators.
Sophie Beesley

Sophie Beesley

Sophie was called to the Bar in July 2012 and joined Old Square Chambers in October 2013. She specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury cases, and inquests. Sophie’s only defence work is through her appointment to the Attorney General’s C panel where she represents the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Home Office in similar cases, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in public law matters. Sophie is ranked in both the UK’s leading legal directories, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

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