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(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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While the Super Bowl was playing out, New York Assemblyman Michael Benedetto was busy suggesting a plan to prevent youth football leagues from allowing anyone 13 or younger to tackle
Dr. Robert Cantu, a leading expert, said “there’s unquestionably a movement afoot, which is wonderful.
“Basically, it boils down to the fact that a young person’s brain is more vulnerable to injury than is an adult brain,” Cantu, a proponent of no-tackle football, no heading in soccer and no full-body-checking in hockey for kids under 14, told the Associated Press.
Noting that the “sun Is setting’ on tackle football, two University of Minnesota doctors have recommended in an upcoming article that “health professionals” push for the elimination of tackle football in public schools for youths and teenagers because of the high incidence of concussions.
Dr. Steven Miles and Dr. Shailendra Prasad reviewed studies on football-related concussions for their statement, which will appear in the January 2016 issue of American Journal of Bioethics.
“Health professionals should call for ending public school tackle football programs,” they wrote. “We disagree with the perspective and the argument of a recent report (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/10/20/peds.2015-3282.full.pdf+html) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that supports the current organization of reforms of youth tackle football.”
For a “special pre-print posting of an editorial,” visit http://www.bioethics.net/2015/10/medical-ethics-and-school-football/