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University of Michigan President Calls for Review of Player Safety Procedures

What follows is the statement from University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel, concerning the incident over the weekend involving quarterback Shane Morris, who suffered a concussion on a brutal hit, and was then allowed to re-enter the game by Head Football Coach Brady Hoke.

“As the leader of our university community, I want to express my extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of an on-field injury to one of our football players, Shane Morris. The health and safety of our entire student community, including all of our student-athletes, is my most important responsibility as university president.

“I have been in regular discussion regarding this incident and its aftermath with Athletic Director David Brandon and the Board of Regents. I support the immediate protocol changes that the department’s initial assessment has identified. I have instructed the Athletic Department to provide me, the Board of Regents, and other campus leaders with a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.

“Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday. We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard.

“Our communications going forward will be direct, transparent and timely. The University of Michigan stands for the highest level of excellence in everything we do, on and off the field.  That standard will guide my review of this situation and all the University’s future actions.

“My thanks go to the many members of the University community who have taken the time to express their thoughts.”

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A Defendant in Concussion Lawsuit, Head Football Coach Resigns

As reported in the most recent issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter, the Woodmore Local School District (Ohio) and the Woodmore High School head football coach were named defendants in a concussion lawsuit recently in connection with a player’s traumatic brain injury.

While the litigation is ongoing, the lawsuit has already produced some results as the coach, Britton Devier, announced recently that he would not reapply for his job.

“It’s just time for me to move on,” Devier told the media. “I have applied numerous places. I guess I’m looking to move forward.”

He added that “it’s a stressful situation. I just thought it was better for somebody else to start over.”

The lawsuit in question was brought by the parents of a teen, who suffered the injury after the defendants allegedly “implemented an attack against players as part of an effort to punish and haze certain members of the football team for lack of ‘hustle.’”

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Athletic Trainers Face Tension with Coaches over Concussion Issue

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported today on the growing tension athletic trainers and coaches over the concussion issue.

“Nearly half of the major-college football trainers who responded to a recent Chronicle survey say they have felt pressure from football coaches to return concussed players to action before they were medically ready,” according to the article. “The respondents included 101 head athletic trainers, head football trainers, and other sports-medicine professionals from the highest rung of college football, the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.”

The article went on to quote Kevin M. Guskiewicz, a leading concussion researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who said some of the tension has emerged when institution places “a coach in a supervisory role over the athletic trainer or allows a coach to put pressure on medical decisions.”

The article went on to look at how some athletic trainers have had arguments with coaches and found themselves out of a job, days or weeks later.

To read the article, visit http://chronicle.com/article/Trainers-Butt-Heads-With/141333/


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