Tag Archives: death

What is Learned from the McNair Tragedy at the University of Maryland?

By Doyice Cotten

We have all read about the University of Maryland football player, Jordan McNair, who collapsed in a May football practice and his tragic death about two weeks later. Dr. Rod Walters was hired to investigate the event, the University football program, and the athletic training protocols followed.

In September, Dr. Walters completed his investigation and issued a report. This report presented a timeline of events. This timeline (reported in Athleticbusiness.com) follows:

 

Drowning on a College Study Abroad Illustrates North Carolina Waiver Law

 

By Doyice Cotten

Ravi Thackurdeen drowned while swimming at a Costa Rican beach at the end of a college study abroad while enrolled at Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). His parents sued both entities alleging wrongful death and negligence (including gross negligence) (Thackurdeen v. Duke Univ., 2018).

The students were taken on a “celebratory trip” to the beach on the last day of the trip.

Absence of Risk Management Results in Death

By Doyice Cotten

Occasionally an injury or death occurs in a recreation or sport setting that really emphasizes the need of ongoing risk management. A recent lawsuit resulting from a kayaking death reported on AthleticBusiness.com presents a situation from which risk managers and sport managers can learn.

Christopher Gormley, an 18 year-old college student, died from hypothermia after his kayak tipped over in frigid waters while on a group trip. According to the lawsuit,

Risk Management: Learn from the Mistakes of Santa Fe Springs

By Doyice Cotten

What is Risk Management? An expert in adventure law, Reb Gregg says:

The primary purpose of a risk management plan is not the avoidance of legal liability. Rather, it is the maintenance of a quality program; that is, one which deals reasonably and fairly with its clients or students and their families. A program that delivers what it says it will deliver, and does so in the context of reasonable management of the risks,

Why You Need an AED — NOW!!!

By Doyice Cotten

Two recent events accentuated the importance of an AED for your sports event or facility. The events involving young soccer players illustrate similar incidents, different preparation for emergencies, and different results — one player lives and another dies.

A young English Premier League soccer player, Fabrice Muamba, suffered a cardiac arrest during a game in London. Medics came onto the field to try to revive the 23-year old star.  Medics administered CPR, drugs,