Specifically, two of these Courts of Claims have heard cases involving athletic trainers. The Ohio Court of Claims heard an action brought against Bowling Green State University and its athletic training staff for the alleged negligence of the athletic trainers in their treatment of a student athlete who complained of cramps while practicing with the football team. The student athlete died within a few hours of suffering the initial cramps as a result of medical complications related to an issue that was previously unknown to the training staff. The Court of Claims ultimately determined that the training staff was not negligent in its treatment of the student athlete. As such, the University was not responsible for paying the damages claimed by the plaintiffs. … [Read more...] about Is the Sovereign Immunity of Athletic Trainers at State-Funded Colleges and Universities Coming Under Fire?
Symptoms of concussions often disappear within 7-10 days of an injury–prompting medical release back to sports play. However, preliminary results of a new imaging study presented at a recent American Academy of Neurology conference showed that brain changes caused by “temporary” concussions may last six months or more after the injury. The study, which is ongoing, used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to exam connective brain tissue or “white matter” in eighteen students with concussions. White matter brain changes are also associated with stroke and Alzheimer’s. … [Read more...] about Athlete Concussions: Are Players Returning to Field Prematurely?
Closely watched class action lawsuits by former student athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”), its licensing arm, the Collegiate Licensing Company (“CLC”), and the popular video game maker, Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) will proceed following a May 2, 2011 decision by Judge Claudia Wilken of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. See In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation Case No. 4:09-cv-01967-CW (N.D. Cal. May 2, 2001) (the “May 2 Order”). … [Read more...] about Former Student Athletes’ Right of Publicity and Antitrust Claims Will Proceed Against the NCAA and Electronic Arts
The American Association for Justice released a new report entitled concussions and the courthouse, which examines the role of the civil justice system as played in encouraging sports leagues to not only take action to prevent concussion, but also change the way they respond to players who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. … [Read more...] about Concussions and the Courthouse re: Traumatic Brain Injury
Among other things, the bill calls for “consideration of remuneration or profit-sharing for student athletes for the use by institutional or commercial entities of the students' image, or other identifiable source, such as television rights or collegiate apparel that produce commercial profit for the institutions, membership associations, or commercial entities.” … [Read more...] about This NC commission could lead to paychecks for college athletes