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CLE @ PNC PARK – Sports Concussion Litigation

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association are hosting a 3 hour crash course on concussion litigation on April 29, starting at 3 p.m., at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The presentation will cover the anatomy of a concussion by a medical doctor and lessons from an attorney that filed the first lawsuits on behalf of NFL players ,and where the litigation currently stands. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the workers’ compensation issues involved in concussion injuries. Ethics will also be covered throughout the program.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend the baseball game that features the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, For more information, visit http://catalog.pbi.org/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=55416

 

 

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Athletic Trainers Step to the Podium in Shaping Concussion Laws

(What follows is a short excerpt from the March 2015 issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

Athletic trainers (AT) are increasingly being relied upon to provide insight and feedback into proposed concussion litigation.

Witness the presence of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA), whose representatives were recently invited to attend and provide expert testimony at the Youth Concussion and Sports Safety Hearing in New York City, where two introductory bills regarding youth sports safety for New York State were being considered.

Among the questions being addressed on that day were:

  • “Is it reasonable – and appropriate – to require appropriate medical coverage at youth football practices and games, and possible to do so without causing impossible financial burden on these programs?
  • “What other youth sports might be at high risk for concern and could also need similar safety provisions?”

These bills, if passed,  would mandate that a certified AT would be present at all youth football contact practices and a physician, likely alongside the AT, be present at all games, as well as set up a task force to investigate safety and injury concerns in all youth sports.

The aforementioned hearing was held jointly by the Committee on Health and the Committee on Education. Joining a long list of various medical professionals, researchers, school officials, and athletic personnel, NYSATA President, Aimee Brunelle, MS, ATC and NYSATA Region 1-Long Island Representative, James Pierre-Glaude, DPT, ATC, CSCS traveled to New York City to provide expert testimony about the qualifications of ATs, concussion management, and sports safety issues, including injury prevention and injury rates in contact sports. A NYSATA focus group also prepared a detailed written testimony to provide to the Committee members, which included some recommendations on how to improve the proposed legislation.

Based on NYSATA’s examination of the bills, Brunelle said that NYSATA is “pleased to see the interest demonstrated in … creating a safety task force to collect information and then make recommendations.”

NATA Maintains Proactive Stance on the National Level

State chapters of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) aren’t the only ones taking a proactive stance with regard to concussion laws. …

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New York Giants’ Donation May Help Blunt the Risk of Concussion in New York’s Public Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week a $1.2 million donation to the city’s Public Schools Athletic League from New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch.

The donation, made to the Fund for Public Schools, will provide 53 new certified trainers and EMTs to oversee all contact football practices at schools with varsity and junior varsity teams. As a result, nearly 3,500 high school football players will have trained personnel at their practices, helping avoid injuries, such as concussion and ensuring a swift response if a player is hurt on the field.

“For any parent, watching a child take the field is a proud moment, but no matter how old our kids get, we still worry about their safety,” said de Blasio. “This donation means thousands of our student-athletes will have extra support at practices to stay safe. We thank Steve Tisch for giving back and investing in the next generation of athletes.”

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