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Montgomery McCracken Launches Sports Medicine Law Newsletter

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that the firm has partnered with Hackney Publications to launch Sports Medicine and Law, a complete source for news, case summaries, articles, and strategies concerning sports medicine and the law, whether they arise at the professional, collegiate, high school, and amateur levels. Members of Montgomery McCracken’s Sports Injury Practice, including partner Steven Pachman and associates Dylan Henry and Kim Sachs, will serve as editors. Sports Medicine and Law is provided free to members of the sports industry, and readers can subscribe here.

Montgomery McCracken’s Sports Injury practice defends and advises colleges, universities, and high schools, medical professionals (physicians, athletic trainers, and nurse practitioners), coaches, and organizations on a national basis since 2005 in traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases, with a focus on concussion, second impact syndrome, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Pachman is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. His practice concentrates on the defense of TBI cases, and representing individuals and school systems in catastrophic sports injury matters arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories in the sports’ context. His representations include a number of high-profile, nationally-publicized concussion and other TBI cases against NCAA member colleges and universities, high schools, and school personnel, including athletic trainers, coaches, physicians, and nurse practitioners. These cases involve catastrophically-injured football players and other athletes who allegedly sustained prior concussions and second impact syndrome as well as players diagnosed with CTE following a post-mortem autopsy of the brain. Pachman also regularly advises school officials and attorneys, risk managers, athletic departments and their staff, and health care professionals on institutional liability issues concerning sport-related concussions, second impact syndrome, and other sport-related injuries.

Pachman is a frequent speaker on legal matters concerning the proper management of sport-related concussions and other sport-related injuries and has authored a number of articles on the topics of how to minimize the risk of legal liability for sport-related injuries and defend against lawsuits arising out of catastrophic sport-related events. Pachman is regularly quoted by national media, including ESPN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CBS Sports, and has guest lectured at colleges and law schools, including the University of Michigan, the University of Oklahoma, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Maryland, Villanova University, and Virginia Tech. Additionally, he has presented before the NCAA, the Big 10, the Big 12, the Ivy League, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the College Athletic Trainers’ Society, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Henry is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Dylan counsels individuals, school systems, and organizations on catastrophic sports injury matters, the proper management of sport-related concussions and other sport-related injuries, and TBI matters. He frequently presents and has authored articles on these legal issues and how these individuals and institutions can minimize their risk of legal liability for sport-related injuries and defend against lawsuits arising out of sport-related events.

Sachs is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department and recently joined the firm’s Sports Injury practice.

About Montgomery McCracken

Montgomery McCracken is a full-service law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The firm represents leading businesses, multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals across a wide range of industries in complex litigation matters, significant corporate transactions and challenging disputes. For more information about Montgomery McCracken or its practice areas, please visit us online at www.mmwr.com or on Twitter at @MMWR_Law.

About Hackney Publications

Hackney Publications delivers valuable and important information about the legal side of the sports industry. Its overriding mission, through its publications, is to maintain a narrow editorial focus on issues that matter to its subscribers. The company was founded by journalist Holt Hackney, who has spent more than 30 years writing about sports, business and the law. Besides SFL, Hackney Publications also produces Legal Issues in College Athletics, Sports Litigation Alert, Journal of NCAA Compliance, Legal Issues in High School Athletics, Concussion Litigation Reporter, and Professional Sports and the Law.

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UW Medicine to Open First-Of-Its-Kind Sports Health and Safety Institute with Major Foundational Gift from National Football League

University of Washiongton (UW) Medicine announced yesterday the launch of the Sports Health and Safety Institute to advance research, education and advocacy for the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions.  In addition, this Institute will focus on studying the overwhelming health benefits of sports and how to best make these activities safer and thus healthier.  The establishment of the first-of-its-kind institute is made possible by a foundational donation of $2.5 million by the National Football League (NFL).

The conceptualization for the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute is largely inspired by the personal story of Zackery Lystedt. In 2006, Lystedt, then 13, was returned to play after suffering a head injury in a football game. He was later taken off the field with major head trauma and treated at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center. Advocacy led to the creation of the Zackery Lystedt Law, first passed in Washington and subsequently adopted by all 50 states, which regulates athletes’ return to play after a suspected concussion.

The Institute will be led by Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery, and Stanley A. Herring, MD, medical director of Spine, Sports and Orthopedic Health. It will focus first on the issue of concussion by:

  • Advocating for sound policies that advance sports safety;
  • Educating physicians, educators, coaches, parents, athletes and patients about concussion and about the benefits of active youth and how to make sports safer;
  • Researching methods to promote behavioral and cultural change, to assess public health education, and to study the efficacy of sports concussion policies and laws; and
  • Developing strategies to inform and engage the public and the media regarding sports- and recreation-related injuries.

“Though research is underway on the topic across the country, there are many questions that remain unanswered regarding concussions and traumatic brain injury,” Herring said. “The Institute will help tremendously in forging the path and uncovering ways to better engage and educate all interested parties about concussions and discover the best methods to effectively translate learning into behavior change. The NFL’s donation will help make this possible.”

“Our hope is that the research and findings uncovered by the Institute will be used to help shape the rules, regulations and best practices as it relates to safety across all sports,” Ellenbogen said. “It is far too often that athletes have a ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality, so it is our responsibility to ensure the medical staff on the sidelines have the knowledge and resources in place to ensure that no potentially injured athlete returns to the field prematurely.”

Ellenbogen and Herring co-direct the UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, dedicated to the safety of youth athletes. In addition, Ellenbogen co-chairs the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee. Herring, a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners, also is on the committee.

Keeping athletes, especially young ones, healthy and safe is a high priority at UW Medicine — and it is a challenge. Every year, 35 million children in the United States participate in recreational sports. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur every year in the United States, with 173,000 children seen in emergency departments annually for this potentially serious injury.

“Concussion and TBI are complex issues we are deeply concerned about and committed to preventing,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Providing the foundational donation for the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute is one step of many that the NFL is taking to address this important topic and is an extension of our work to improve safety for athletes across all age groups. We are confident that UW Medicine will help to make this progress possible.”

Although the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute will first address concussion, it may come to address other subjects crucial to athletes’ health, such as sudden cardiac arrest. The Institute’s path will depend, in part, on reaching an ambitious $10.5 million fundraising goal.

The Institute will be part of UW Medicine’s pioneering research and patient care. “UW Medicine has already made strides regarding the pathology of concussion and has exceptional strengths in trauma care, orthopedics and rehabilitation — three areas crucial to keeping athletes safe and well,” said Paul G. Ramsey, MD, CEO of UW Medicine. “We’re very pleased to partner with the NFL to make sure we get to the next level in terms of education and advocacy.”

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AMSSM Recognizes Concussion-Oriented Research at Annual Meeting

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) presented the following awards during its 24th Annual Meeting at the Diplomat Resort and Spa on Sunday.

Best Overall Research Award – M. Alison Brooks, MD, MPH for her research titled, “Establishing the Psychometric Properties of the Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (Child SCAT3).” For more on her, visit: http://ortho.wisc.edu/Home/FacultyResearch/FacultyandScientists/MAlisonBrooks.aspx

Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award – Michael Donaworth, MD for his research titled, “The Use of Vision Training as a Means of Decreasing Concussion Incidence in Football.” For more on him, visit: http://uchealth.com/physician/michael-donaworth/?ref=35&site=30

The Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator’s Award is presented at the Annual Meeting for the most outstanding research presentation by a member who is a sports medicine fellow or who has recently completed fellowship training. The award was established in 2003 to honor Harry Galanty, MD, a charter member of the AMSSM, who passed away in 1999 at the age 36. Dr. Galanty’s contributions to sports medicine combined service and a commitment to teaching and research.

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