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Appeals Court: Use of Oklahoma Drill May Have Been Gross Negligence

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the April issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

A Pennsylvania state appeals court has reversed a trial court, and given new life to the claims of two student-athletes, who sued their coaches and their college after suffering head and spinal injuries during football practice.

In so ruling, the panel of judges found that questions remain about whether the actions of the defendants constituted gross negligence and whether the waiver they had signed should act as a shield to gross negligence claims.

This case involves personal injuries suffered by the plaintiffs on March 29, 2010, while they were participating in a tackling drill during the first day of spring contact football practice at a non-profit junior college in northeastern Pennsylvania and a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Traditionally, the school employed two athletic trainers to support the football program. In June and July 2009, both athletic trainers tendered their resignations to the school.

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No-Pads Football League Starting to Pick Up Steam

The  A7FL, American 7’s Professional Spring Football League, is picking up steam.

The league (http://www.a7fl.com/), which begins Saturday, features 7 on 7, full-contact play without helmets and shoulder pads. It plays up the fact that the sport is quicker and safer because of the lack of pads and helmets.

A forbes contributor recently wrote about it, claiming it is safer because there are “no pads or helmets being worn with the idea, supported by research, that concussions will be reduced because of the elimination of helmet-to-helmet contact. No punts or kickoffs are held, also to promote safety.”

For the full article, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidlariviere/2015/03/13/safety-first-football-league-to-launch-season-next-saturday/

 

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Illinois Bill Would Require All to Complete Online Concussion Certification Program

Illinois State Rep. Carol Sente introduced a piece of legislation, House Bill 5431, to the state education committee last week that would require all athletic directors, high school coaches and assistant coaches to complete an online concussion certification program.

The measure would apply not only to football, but other high school sports, such as volleyball, soccer and cheerleading.

Sente has been an activist on the front, trying unsuccessfully last year to reduce practices in pads to two times a week.

“I still want to see some changes with how practice happens and (the IHSA) knows that,” Sente told the media. “(Change) has come a little slower than I wanted, but I’m watching. They know that if their group doesn’t do it quick enough via the by-laws, that I’m back there watching them and needling them.

“I think we’ll get there, but this is an evolution and I think you’re going to see more of it. It’s not over.”

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