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Montclair High School trainer faced tough questions in football player’s 2008 death

Two weeks ago, the Montclair Board of Education agreed to pay Ryne’s family $2.8 million to settle a 2009 negligence lawsuit alleging the school’s decision to let their son back on the field led to the 16-year-old’s death.

Chemidlin’s (Montclair High School’s athletic trainer)conduct would be singled out for stinging criticism by Robb Rehberg, past president of the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey, an expert hired by the family’s lawyers.

“Chemidlin’s laissez-faire attitude toward Ryne’s return to participation in football flies in the face of sound professional judgment one would expect from a reasonable athletic trainer and ultimately allowed Ryne to participate in the game that led to his death,” Rehberg wrote in an October 2011 report.

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Family of Montclair High School football player Ryne Dougherty who died in 2008 settles lawsuit for $2.8 million

The family of a Montclair High School football player who died two days after collapsing in a 2008 junior varsity game agreed Monday to settle its lawsuit against the school and the township’s Board of Education for $2.8 million, the family’s lawyer said.

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Princeton offers new ‘soft’ helmets to athletes to prevent concussions

In the ever increasing evidence linking concussions with lifelong brain damage, Princeton School Districts decided to act, implementing that athletes for high contact sports wear soft helmets.

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Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey and Sport Safety International Forge Relationship to Promote Concussion Education

ATSNJlogoCMYKWayne, NJ (PRWEB) April 21, 2011 – The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ), a leading resource in concussion education for health care professionals, athletes, coaches and parents, announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International, a an organization dedicated to providing sport safety enducation, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers and other health care professionals. The program will be made available immediately. “Concussion Wise™” is designed to meet the educational needs of athletic trainers and other health care providers throughout the nation. This course, which is approved for athletic trainer continuing education by the Board of Certification, Inc., also satisfies educational requirements established by New Jersey’s new concussion law, which requires all athletic trainers licensed in the state to complete a course in concussion management. The course also meets the recommendations contained in the concussion model policy recently released by the New Jersey Department of Education. This interactive online course, which is available today, on the ATSNJ’s website, is the first of its kind in New Jersey. “Concussion Wise™” for athletic trainers will focus on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management. Additionally the course is designed to provide an understanding of the key points of concussion legislation in New Jersey. “The demand for concussion education or health care providers has been accelerating over recent months,” said Eric Nussbaum, ATSNJ President. “As one of the leading resources in concussion education, it was important to the ATSNJ to provide our membership access to this comprehensive concussion online learning opportunity.” “We are thrilled to be working with the ATSNJ to offer a program that meets the needs of the ATSNJ and its members,” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, co-founder of Sport Safety International and author of the Concussion Wise™ program. “The course provides a quality educational opportunity for health care professionals who may not have the time or flexibility in their schedules to attend additional symposiums or lectures.” Concussion Wise™ for Athletic Trainers is available at Similar courses designed for athletes, coaches and parents will be available in the near future, free of charge. “The ATSNJ hopes that these courses will become a staple of education within the interscholastic and recreational sports community,” stated Eric Nussbaum ABOUT THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY ATSNJ, Inc. consists of licensed athletic trainers, physicians and other allied health care professionals whose goal is to promote quality healthcare for athletes in any setting. For more information, visit the ATSNJ on the web at http://www.atsnj.orgABOUT Sport Safety International. The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.. For more information, visit