Searles Case Study

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The article Sports and the Assumption of Risk Doctrine in New York, opened my eyes to the various cases that pertain to college student-athletes and the manner in which injury cases have historically been managed. In my research, the 1996 case of Searles v. Trustee of St. Joseph’s highlights the need for guidelines to neutralize student-athlete and administrator responsibilities as it relates to injuries. Searles alleged that he informed his basketball coach and trainer of a knee injury, which was later diagnosed as patellar tendinitis. Searles claims that his coach demanded that he continue playing after, even though his athletic trainer did not agree. Searles subsequently ended his college basketball career and underwent two surgeries

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