Protect against Commotio cordis

Commotio Cordis in Sports and New NOCSAE Standard on Chest Protectors

Looking to provide athletes the best heart protection possible

Commotio cordis is a sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused by a direct blow to the chest. It typically results from a low-velocity impact to the chest from a thrown or batted ball, puck or other object typically traveling between 20 and 50 mph. The risk increases the …

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Risk Management in sports

High School Coach and Wife Suffer Fatal Electrical Injury

Danger where and when you least expect it.

We read about a lot of tragedies occurring in our schools these days. Terrorism, gun violence, gang activity and more leave students, parents, faculty and staff bewildered and grieving.

Unfortunately, it was an act of kindness that led to two tragic deaths and left a community in grief.

Liberty County …

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Sports injury

Improper Sports Injury Care is a Leading Cause of Sports Lawsuits

Risk management and education are key to lowering the risk of sports injuries

If there’s one sure thing you can count on in sports, it’s that athletes get injured. Athletes of all ages and sizes participating in any sport from archery to wrestling risk being injured. Injuries can occur during warm-up, practice, and play. They even …

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Storing sports documents in cloud

How to Easily Organize Sports Risk Management Documents in the Cloud

Be Prepared to Produce Critical Documents for Litigation
Risk management requirements of federal, state, case law, governing bodies, and insurance carriers

Amateur sports organizations face ever-increasing legal risks arising out of injury to participants, spectators, and other third parties. Federal law, state law, case law, governing bodies, and insurance carriers require that amateur sports organizations adopt and …

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Youth Sports Supervision

Leading Causes of Sports Lawsuits: Improper Supervision & Instruction

Supervision: It’s more than just keeping an eye on things.

The need for amateur sports administrators to understand their legal responsibilities with regard to supervision and instruction can’t be stressed enough. In the arena of amateur sports, lack of supervision is the most common cause of action in lawsuits. Injuries resulting in these types of lawsuits …

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Second-impact syndrome

No Written Medical Clearance After Concussion = $5.8 M Settlement

Don’t ignore critical return-to-play protocol
The lawsuit

In 2013, Brett Baker-Goins suffered a concussion while playing basketball for First Baptist School in Charleston, South Carolina. First Baptist is a private school under the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA). SCISA has a return to-play-protocol, which requires a signature by a physician on a written …

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Purchase sports insurance

Teams/Leagues and Facility Owners: Beware of Low-Quality Sports Insurance

Insurance certificates, brochures, and proposals that can put teams/leagues and their respective directors, officers, employees, and volunteers at financial risk of uncovered lawsuit

Many sports team and league administrators hope or believe that they have adequate protection under their Accident and General Liability policies. They usually place their trust in their local insurance agent – or …

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Athletic participant exclusion

Excess Accident Insurance

The first line of defense against lawsuits 

Sports Accident insurance pays covered medical expenses of injured participants such as players, coaches, managers, umpires, etc. The coverage is normally excess or secondary, which requires other insurance such as family health insurance to respond first.

How Excess Accident Insurance coordinates with family health insurance

There are three basic scenarios that can …

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Health Club Injuries

The Importance of Prompt Reporting of Injuries

What can happen when evidence is no longer available

Kim Marshall was injured while working out on a treadmill at Bally’s in Tacoma, Washington. As a result of her injuries, Marshall filed suit against Bally’s Pacwest, Life Fitness, the company that manufactured and owned the treadmill, and Washington Athletic Repair, the company that installed and maintained the …

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Concussions in youth sports

Latest on Youth Concussions from American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics just released an update on Sport-Related Concussions in Children and Adolescents. This 24-page report highlights the major developments in new concussion knowledge and treatment since the first report, which was published in 2010.

To follow are the points that I find to be of particular interest. Some the conclusions and actionable …

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