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Getting Ahead of Head Injuries in Sports and Recreation

A few years ago, on March 18, 2009, Headlines all over the world announced that actress Natasha Richardson died from a head injury that she sustained from a fall on a Quebec ski slope.

Financial Controls and Insurance to Limit Theft and Embezzlement

In my August 4, 2010 blog entitled “Cash Collection by Volunteers for Club Sports,” I encouraged non-profit clubs to establish fiscally responsible money collection practices. No one wants to believe that someone you know is capable of committing theft from a club sport team, but it does happen.

Theft and embezzlement insurance claims have been on the rise according to the insurance company Sadler & Company (http://www.sadlersports.com/blog/tag/embezzlement/, Retrieved on April 22, 2012).

Nohr Sports Principal Named Insurance Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC, principal, Katharine M. Nohr, who, on April 14, 2012, was awarded the Insurance Professional of the Year Award for Region VIII, by the International Association of Insurance Professionals.

Katharine will be speaking at the upcoming Conference on Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement at Ithaca College London in May 2012 on "Scandals, Accidents and Injuries: Risk Management and Legal Issues in the Modern Olympic Games."

She will also be speaking at Cambridge University, UK, at the Third International Conference on Sport and Society just before the 2012 Olympic Games in London, on " 2012 London Olympic Games: Managing Risk While Achieving the Olympic Ideal of Uniting People from All Nations with Peaceful Athletic Competition."

One Strike and You’re Out: Lightning on the Playing Field

On September 1, 2009, the Associated Press headline, “Lightning Strike Causes Amputation”, referred to Danish soccer player Jonathan Richter’s unfortunate injury arising out of a brief thunder storm on July 20th while he was playing a reserve game. The 24 year old athlete had to undergo an induced coma for 10 days and then suffered the amputation of his lower left leg. This incident dramatically illustrates the danger that lightning strikes pose to athletes during practices and competitions held outdoors.

Foolish Behavior and an Athlete's Denied Visa

Sports visas are a common way for professional sports teams to expand its talent base by acquiring international athletes. Unfortunately the immigration approval process can be complicated when an athlete has criminal infractions.

The Hunger Games Influence---Unsportsmanlike Conduct

The popular movie and book, The Hunger Games, centers around a reality show of a survival game in which only one player will survive. The object of the game is for the teenagers to kill each other using any means available. This is not a very good example for sport and recreation, which have rules of sportsmanlike behavior in order that players will avoid injury and be able to play another game.