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J Law Med Ethics. 2014 Fall;42(3):323-33. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12149.

Youth sports & public health: framing risks of mild traumatic brain injury in american football and ice hockey.

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A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, NY.


The framing of the risks of experiencing mild traumatic brain injury in American football and ice hockey has an enormous impact in defining the scope of the problem and the remedies that are prioritized. According to the prevailing risk frame, an acceptable level of safety can be maintained in these contact sports through the application of technology, rule changes, and laws. An alternative frame acknowledging that these sports carry significant risks would produce very different ethical, political, and social debates.

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