Sports Law • Risk Management

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September 23, 2010: Concussion Discussion in Congress Ramps Up

While creating guidelines to help coaches and parents identify when it is safe for a concussed minor child to return to sports; there is potential harm to coaches and sport organizations. Two federal House committees are each working on a federal bill to propose legislation to protect youth from the harms of concussions. One bill is intended to gather experts to draft guidelines on how to manage concussions then dangle a carrot of incentive by offering federal grants to states to establish standards. The other bill would mandate public school districts adopt or adhere to certain standards.

September 9, 2010: Splitting Hairs

Insurance companies are like athletes in that both entities take risks. But when an insurance company takes a risk on an athlete, the results can be unusual.

Just recently, an insurance company placed coverage of one million dollars to protect the hair on a particular athlete's head. The athlete with the now insured long locks is Tony Polamalu, an NFL player.

September 6, 2010: Pulling An Early Yellow Card

While watching a college soccer match earlier today I was reminded of the importance of having a strong head official. I watched one team play dirty because they were clearly outmatched by the technical footwork of their opponents. The head referee set the tone of intolerance against dirty playing early in the game by giving out a yellow card within the first several minutes of play. Furthermore, he was consistent in his calls throughout the match.

August 31, 2010: Withholding Water as Punishment

Just yesterday I was told a surprising story by a woman recalling a childhood experience with a former coach. Her coach tried an unusual tactic to motivate athletes: if an athlete failed to perform, the coach would dump some of the contents from an athlete's water bottle. Thus, as punishment, the coach took away water, a critical element for an athlete's health and overall performance.

August 17, 2010: Emergency Management Planning

Disaster planning is often beyond the scope of what can be done by someone without formal training or experience. Hiring an expert who is trained in emergency management to review your safety and facility plans may be worth the price.

While you must pay for expert advice, there are an increasing number of experts to choose from. Universities are increasingly offering courses and degrees in variations of emergency management. Typical training includes planning for situations involving natural and manmade emergencies.

August 4, 2010: Cash Collection by Volunteers for Club Sports

Here is a scenario that commonly occurs: You oversee the operations of a non-profit youth club sport. To keep costs down, you use volunteers to process registration applications and to collect game day and tournament fees. This is a brilliant plan to use volunteers because parents gladly give their time to support the team for which their son or daughter plays.