August 2013
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Call for Papers: Concussion and Sports

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics will be publishing a symposium issue on the subject of concussion and sports in fall 2014. We are calling for papers on the medical, legal and ethical concerns raised by mild traumatic brain injury in athletic competition. Some examples of paper topics are listed below.

Papers should be between 15 and 30 double-spaced pages in length and can address more than one topic. All papers will be reviewed by the symposium chair, David Orentlicher of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Ted Hutchinson, Editor of JLME. Those accepted will undergo further review by anonymous peers. Papers should be submitted by November 1, 2013, to Ted Hutchinson at

Potential Topics:

  • When and to what extent should children be participating in sports that pose a significant risk of traumatic brain injury?
  • How should doctors and public policy navigate the conflicts of interest faced by team physicians?
  • How should we deal with an unknown level of risk?
  • What are the ethical and/or legal responsibilities of schools, teams and leagues?
  • How should we take account of the personal responsibility of athletes and their assumption of risk?
  • What cultural factors need to be addressed by public policy?

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