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Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2011

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy and Law

First Advisor

Edward Cabot

Second Advisor

Adrienne Fulco


The First Chapter discusses the science of a concussion and describes what actually happens inside the brain when you sustain one. The Second Chapter discusses the helmet industry, and their role in the problem. The Third Chapter goes into how a concussion should be diagnosed and treated. The Fourth Chapter discusses how policymakers at both the state and federal levels have responded to the concussion crisis. Finally, in the Fifth Chapter I discuss the changes that need to be made in the game to make it safer for future football players.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Law. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.