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Female Athletes - Prevention and Protection

Date: 3/12/13

Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972),was codified at 20 U.S.C. sections 1681 through 1688 threw open the gates for female athletic participation in sports. The Act provides that  "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Under this federal law, athletic activities and opportunities had to be provided on an equal basis for male and female athletes. While female athletes had previously  been participatory is some sports and athletic endeavors, Title 9 resulted in an exponential increase in the number of girls and women beginning in and/or engaging in new and different athletic activities.

This significant rise in female athletic participation was not without some downsides. Female athletes experienced injuries during training and participation in athletic endeavors in ways both similar to and/or different from male athletes. Some training styles and methods for male athletes did not transfer over to female athletes without some retooling. The skills, size and endurance difference between genders also created the need for  ruling making and equipment changes/creation to provide greater protection to women athletes.
During the SFIA Litigation & Risk Management Summit on April 2, 2013  attendees will learn much more about the world of female athletes and sports related injuries. Leading off the discussion is orthopedic surgeon, Dr. KimTempleton.  She will discuss the incidence of injury,  anatomical differences that lead to injury, prevention and treatment.  Andy Lincoln PhD of Medstar Health  will explain the mechanism of injuries, enhanced by video footage of sporting events. Protecting female athletes from injury also includes rule making. Ann Carpenetti, U.S. LaCrosse  will explain how rule making and proposed rules are drafted to reduce and/or eliminate injuries to female lacrosse players. Completing this distinguished panel will be Kate Rodowicz, PhD of Exponent.  She has recently completed a study  to evaluate  lacrosse head gear and will also discuss the study results and how to apply the information in the world of athletic equipment usage and injury prevention.   The session will conclude with an open forum for questions and answers. This highly charged program will assist manufacturers and retailers in developing  greater understanding of the injury profiles for female athletes, injury prevention and effective protection. Legal counsel and risk managers will also learn more about ways to reduce the risk of injury and defend claims for injuries sustained by female athletes.

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