Category Archives: Football

July Issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter

Articles in the Latest CLR

The Hypocrisy of AIG’s Decision to Stop Insuring NFL Players against Head Trauma while Sponsoring Concussion Causing Sports

While Sympathetic to Concussed Athlete, Judge Sides with District and Coach

Plaintiff Fails to Show USA Water Polo Was Negligent in Concussion Case

Forget Football. More Than a Third of Water Polo Players Report Concussions

College Athletes Sue over Concussions, Part Deux

Court: Youth Football Organization’s Claim Against Riddell Can Continue

School District, Coach Counter Plaintiff’s Negligence Argument in Concussion Case

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Indianapolis Colts and UnitedHealthcare Host 18 Indiana High-School Football Programs for Student-Athlete Health and Safety Clinic

Eighteen Indiana high-school football programs were hosted Thursday at the Indianapolis Colts’ headquarters at an exclusive event focused on student-athlete health and safety.

The event was the culmination of the inaugural HELMETs sweepstakes, a collaboration between the Indianapolis Colts and UnitedHealthcare to enhance health and safety of young athletes through proper equipment, education and training.

Select players, coaches and school administrators from each school attended the event, which featured remarks from guest speaker and former Colts offensive lineman Ryan Diem and a Heads Up Football™ clinic conducted by USA Football; and concluded with an awards ceremony at which Tri-West Hendricks High School was selected at random to win the HELMETs grand prize of new 5-star helmets for the school’s varsity football program (valued at $25,000). The 17 remaining finalists each received a $1,000 donation to the school’s athletic department.

HELMETs encourages and motivates Indiana high-school football programs to strengthen their commitment to player health and safety by enrolling in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program – endorsed by leading medical associations and the NFL – to advance coaching education and student-athlete safety. Eighteen schools were nominated by fans as part of the 2015 sweepstakes:

Avon High School
Carmel High School
Chesterton High School
Decatur Central High School
Delphi Community High School
East Noble High School
Evansville F.J. Reitz High School
Fishers High School
Lapel High School
Monrovia High School
New Castle Chrysler High School
New Prairie High School
Plymouth High School
Roncalli High School
Southport High School
Tri High School
Tri-West Hendricks High School
West Washington High School

“We are excited to host the culmination of the inaugural HELMETs initiative,” said Matt Godbout, Colts senior vice president of business development. “Our partnership with UnitedHealthcare is off to a great start, and we look forward to growing the game of football together through education and safe equipment.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to join the Indianapolis Colts and USA Football in advancing young athletes’ health and safety,” said Dan Krajnovich, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Indiana and Kentucky. “HELMETs connects coaches, parents and athletes with tools and resources to address the issues that affect athletes. These finalists are outstanding examples of high schools and coaching staffs committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves on the field.”

“HELMETs is an important and exciting partnership for the good of student-athletes across our home state, and we’re pleased to contribute to it,” said USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck. “Coaches are teachers. Supporting their programs with education and quality equipment are powerful catalysts for exceptional and fun football experiences that fuel lasting fitness, academic and social benefits.”

USA Football is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the country.

The 2016 HELMETs sweepstakes officially launched today. To be eligible, high-school football programs in Indiana must commit to enhancing player health and safety through Heads Up Football certification. Heads Up Football offers certification clinics, combined with an online curriculum, to educate coaches about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved concussion recognition and response protocols, proper equipment fitting, Heads Up tackling, Heads Up blocking, heat emergency preparedness and hydration, and sudden cardiac arrest. More details about USA Football’s Heads Up Football program can be found at www.usafootball.com/headsup.

UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 870,000 people in Indiana with a network of 170 hospitals and nearly 21,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

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Appeals Court Overturns Earlier Ruling, Holding School in Washington State May Be Liable in Concussion Case

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the June issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter. To see the full story, please subscribe at https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

A Washington State appeals court has held that a high school should have been more compliant with a state law pertaining to concussions after one of its football players, who suffered multiple concussions, died from those injuries.

The claim was brought by the parents of Drew Swank, who was participating in a game for New Valley Christian School (VCS) on Sept. 18, 2009 when he suffered a head injury that led to severe headaches, and ultimately his death.

Allegedly, Swank was not examined by head coach Jim Puryear, assistant coach Mike Heden, or school headmaster Derick Tabish. But the following Monday, as the headaches persisted, he went to his Coeur d’Alene doctor, Tim Burns.

The doctor diagnosed a concussion and Swank was placed on “no practice, no play” restrictions.

Three days later, Swank told his mother that the headaches were gone. When she called Burns’ office to inform the doctor of the development, the doctor allegedly told a clinic employee to lift the restrictions without a follow-up exam. Swank practiced and then played in a game that night.

Swank played poorly, which the plaintiffs claimed was consistent with a player coming off a head injury. Coach Puryear allegedly called him to the sideline, where he “grabbed him by the facemask and proceeded to violently shake his head up and down in anger,” according to the complaint. Swank went back into the game and suffered a significant hit that caused his head to allegedly whip back and forth before crashing into the field.

Swank managed to get up from the hit, but collapsed after reaching the sideline. He was then rushed to a local hospital, and airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he died four days later.

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