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).