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Court Closes the Door on Concussed Plaintiff’s Claim, Dismissing with Prejudice

A federal judge from the has once again dismissed the claim of a former high school soccer player, who after being rebuffed twice before by the court, failed in a third bid to hold a school district and individual defendants liable for the concussion she suffered.

The player/plaintiff argued in the latest complaint that the defendants violated her Fourteenth Amendment due process right to bodily integrity. The court found that the defendants’ conduct does not “rise to the level of a Constitutional injury.” This time, it dismissed the claim with prejudice.

By way of background, the plaintiff suffered the concussion during a preseason soccer scrimmage in 2012. She collided with another player while going for a header. The plaintiff stayed in for the rest of the game, during which time she had collisions with other players and headed the ball several more times. Shhe began to experience headaches on the bus ride home from the scrimmage.

The next day, she was dizzy and had black spots in her field of vision. The day after that, she felt physically unable to play soccer and went to see the athletic trainer. Her mother picked her up from the trainer’s office and took her to the hospital where doctors confirmed that she had a traumatic brain injury, according to the complaint.

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Soccer Coach Uses Lighter Soccer Balls During Heading Practice

A high school soccer coach recently discussed his new practice of using lighter or underinflated soccer balls as a way to minimize the risk of concussion and other traumatic brain injuries.

The boys’ soccer coach for The Shipley School, Thom Schauerman, told mainlinemedianews.com that he “started using lighter balls or deflating balls when we do heading practices. Just like the (Shipley girls soccer team), we have reduced the amount of heading we do in practice and when we do practice it, it’s in a very controlled environment.

“We sometimes go eight attackers vs. 0 defenders when we practice set pieces and the players have specific runs or zones they must attack, and this prevents two people from going to the same ball. This reduces the amount of collisions we have in practice.”

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Federal Judge Finds for School District, Others in Concussion Case

(Editor’s Note: What follows is a brief excerpt from a case summary in the June 2015 Concussion Litigation Reporter. For more details on the case and numerous others, please subscribe at https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a high school student athlete in a case that tested the limits to which public high school coaches, administrators and school districts can be held liable for concussions sustained by student athletes during interscholastic competition.

In so ruling, the court found that the defendants’ conduct did not abridge the plaintiff’s Constitutional rights. In addition, the defendants are immune from the state’s tort liability law. However, the plaintiff may file an amended complaint with regard to some aspects of her claim.

The plaintiff, now 17, suffered the concussion during a preseason soccer scrimmage in 2012. The plaintiff collided with another player while going for a header. The plaintiff alleged that she heard the opposing coach say she should be taken out of the game. One of her teammates allegedly told the coach that the plaintiff had been hit in the head and needed to come out of the game to be evaluated. The plaintiff stayed in for the rest of the game, during which time she had collisions with other players and headed the ball several more times. She began to experience headaches on the bus ride home from the scrimmage. The next day, she was dizzy and had black spots in her field of vision.

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