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  • TRIBUNE LOOKS AT THE LEGAL END OF SPORTS INJURIES

         A report in Sunday's CHICAGO TRIBUNE outlines a trend that
    threatens to revolutionize athletics: "Should a football player
    sue his coach, team, school district or doctor if he suffers
    permanent disability because of improper medical care, faulty
    equipment or even the wrong playing surface?"  Boston attorney
    Richard Sawin, who represents injured athletes believes so:
    "Despite rule changes and advances in protective equipment, there
    still continues to be a small number of catastrophic injuries
    each year."  Sawin says that injuries that result from coaches
    failing to teach proper tackling, trainers and team physicians
    failing to recognize signals, and mistreatment by emergency room
    physicians, can be targeted.  As a result, many institutions are
    now making safety and injury seminars mandatory for players,
    parents and coaches.  Also at issue: Are team physicians under
    pressure to keep injured players on the field?  (Tricia Gura,
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/11).
    

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