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Litigation in the United States against the National Football League (NFL) for failing to protect its players from the effects of multiple concussions raises questions about the role and responsibility of the governing body. The NFL’s alleged failure may have exposed it to ‘Big Tobacco’-like litigation. Is a governing body ultimately responsible for player-health issues? This article reviews the litigation in the United States and examines the concussion management policies of the Australian Football League (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL).
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