Sports Law • Risk Management

health issues

NYC Triathlon and Open Water Swims: A Sport of Extreme Sorts

Today as I was swimming laps, I experienced fluid buildup in my lungs. The fluid made it hard to catch my breath, but my stubbornness made it even more difficult to stop swimming before I was done with my set. Not being able to breathe, however, induced a bit of panic, which increased when I had a flash that the lifeguard, who had early been distracted flirting with a guy on the pool deck, might not be paying enough attention to me should I need rescued. At that moment, I recognized that I was responsible for my well-being and that I should not fully trust that someone else would save me, even if it was that person’s job to do so. With that acknowledgement, I stopped swimming until my throat cleared enough to finish my set. This experience left me contemplating about the recent deaths that occurred during the swim segment of the New York City (NYC) Triathlon and what the athletes may have experienced during the race.

March 6, 2011: Teenagers Die Playing Sports: Keeping Young Athletes Healthy

It was shocking to read about a 16 year old star basketball player who, after shooting a basket that won the game, collapsed and died as a result of an enlarged heart. Today, I read that a 17 year old had passed away after collapsing during a rugby match. Apparently, he had had a seizure. It is not typical that seemingly healthy teenagers who practice and compete in various sports would suddenly die because of physical problems. However, reports of this happening are disturbing to youth athletic organizations and scary for other teen athletes and their parents.