“One Ding to Rule Them All”: A Proposed New Approach to Regulating Brain Injuries in Sport

By Jon Heshka and Kris Lines.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Sport is seemingly dazed and confused—almost as if sustaining a concussion itself—on how to proceed in the regulation and management of brain injuries. Pushed and prodded by doctors and insurers, what has been absent is a consistent and cogent approach as promulgated by the harmonized World Anti-Doping Code of WADA. This paper discusses brain injuries, their almost inevitability in contact or collision sports, and proposes a standardized framework for their regulation deserving of contemplation by sports governing bodies.

Keywords: Concussions, Brain Injuries, Football, Hockey, NFL, NHL, Contact Sport, Violent Sport, League Regulation, Head Shots

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.141-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 307.428KB).

Jon Heshka

Associate Professor, Adventure Studies Department and Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada

Jon Heshka teaches law and adventure sport studies at Thompson Rivers University. He has played semi-pro volleyball in Brazil, worked as a climbing guide and led expeditions around the world, trained and coordinated search and rescue in Canada, advised recreation programmes on their exposure to legal risk, managed risk and sales with a European-based manufacturer of outdoor equipment, and been an expert witness for the US National Park Service. Jon presents at conferences and publishes articles internationally, and consults with all levels of government and the private sector on risk management. He is also a Co-Director of the Centre for International Sports Law.

Kris Lines

Lecturer and Co-Director of CISL, Staffordshire Law School, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire, UK

Kris Lines is a Lecturer, and Head of the Sports Law Group at Staffordshire University, UK. Kris's research interests are Sports Negligence, Doping, Regulation of Governing Bodies, Medical Negligence & Informed Consent. Many years ago, he was an elite gymnast. Unfortunately a shoulder injury at university forced him to retire as an active competitor. He now passes the time coaching Trampolining, Gymnastics, DMT, Cheerleading, Parkour and anything that involves throwing oneself through the air with various degrees of twist and rotation!