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Fire Missouri medical and training staff

Posted on: April 15, 2009 12:57 am

This is what they never told recruits at Missouri, assuming the school even knew:

The strength and conditioning director lacked the proper certification to be hired. The sports medicine director basically did not know -- may still not know -- how to recognize athletes in distress afflicted with sickle cell trait.

In a stunning revelation, the AP reported Tuesday that the Missouri training staff was woefully unprepared and under-trained when Aaron O'Neal died during an offseason workout. How Pat Ivey, the strength and conditioning director, and Rex Sharp, the sports medicine director, are still employed is amazing.

Not only should they fired, their future in the profession should into question. Missouri paid $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought be O'Neal's parents. Part of the settlement, though, is that no blame be assigned by coach Gary Pinkel, AD Mike Alden, Sharp and Ivey.

The AP's fine reporting has taken care of that. Sharp and Ivey are directly to blame considering they unaware of how to handle O'Neal's symptoms which many now say resulted stress resulting from sickle cell trait.

If I'm Missouri's president, I fire Sharp and Ivey and conduct a review of the entire training and medical staff. Pinkel and Alden should at least get a letter of reprimand. The conditions were allowed to exist under Alden. Pinkel is part of a football culture that continues to wink at the "involuntary" offseason workouts.

Letters sent to players before the 2005 season by Pinkel were entered into the record during the trial. In an eery foreshadowing one of the letters stated, "You must be dying to be a great player ..."

There is no excuse for medical and athletic professionals to be ignorant to sickle cell trait. A seven-step series of guidelines distributed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association are followed by only a fraction of schools according to Oklahoma head trainer Scott Anderson. Anderson was co-chair of the NATA group that drafted the guidelines in 2007. He estimates that only half of schools even test for sickle cell.

This will all be interesting information for the parents of Ereck Plancher. They are suing Central Florida for the death of their son who had sickle cell trait. The school recently paid $60,000 for an independent study of its medical and training techniques. Central Florida then spent the next few days patting itself on the back for the self-examination.

One problem: Not once in the report's 24 pages does it mention sickle cell trait. In other words, the school spent all the money and did absolutely nothing to improve the odds that another Ereck Plancher wouldn't happen again.

We should pray that Missouri is the only training and medical staff in the country that was inadequately unprepared. Sadly, I don't think that's the case.


Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 3:31 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff

dodd may be right on this on though.  Hiring people who aren't credentialed in regards to medicine is like employing soldiers who don't know how to fire weapons.  Should never happen, right?  It did though and those guys should be removed and disciplined.  Out. 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:19 am

Fire Missouri medical and training staff


You aren't from Columbia, you didn't know Aaron. From what I have read I don't think you know much of anything. You don't have your facts straight. From 1998-2005 21 atheletes died from heat stroke and non were sickle cell related. How can someone follow guidelines set up on 2007 when Aaron died in 2005? You wrote it, maybe you ought to read what you right before assigning blame. I have known both Ivey and Sharp for over 10 years. I worked with both of them for several years. They are both good people, both have their athlete's best interest at heart. Your article makes it sound like this tragic incident was on purpose. The only thing criminal I see is your attempt at writing an article.



Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 10:05 am

Fire Missouri medical and training staff


Between 1995 and 2001, twenty-one players died from heatstroke, an average of 3 a year, said Dr. Frederick Mueller, professor and chair of exercise and sport science in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

I'm not going to get into with you.  The point I was trying to make is we're not getting the full story, and Dodd is a moron for twisting the facts to suit his topic.  Is it tragic - YES.  However, Dodd makes ZERO NONE NADA mention of ANY responsibilty on behalf of the family to perhaps check to see if this trait is in their genes.  That's where this starts.  EVERYONE shares blame in this, including dickhead dodd. 

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:54 am

Fire Missouri medical and training staff


O'Neal's official cause of death, according to the former Boone County medical examiner, was viral meningitis. But that was later discredited, and several outside experts cited sickle cell trait.

This story is raising more questions than it is answering.  A) FORMER -Boone County ME - he resign or was he dismissed?  What are/were his qualifications??  This leads to B) Viral Meneingitis..interesting. C) Discredited?!?!?!  How/why, and by whom?!?!?!?!  D) '..several outside experts'?!?!?!?!  Did they also perform an autopsy, or test tissue samples, or rendered their opinion based on the original ME's findings?!!?!?!?!?!?

This story stinks from top to bottom, and the worst part is that we still don't know the facts.....


Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2009 11:59 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff

I maybe wrong, but I think Sickle Cell is inherited, which means to me that, if you are talking about firing people, the list starts way before he got to Missouri. 

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2009 11:52 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff

Heat stroke...

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2009 11:44 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff

Dodd, or his editor, should be fired for not proofing articles.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2009 6:42 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff


I don't know why I even try. YOU are wrong. Sickle cell is THE leading killer of players. Nineteen athletes have died in Division I-A in the last 10 years. Ten can be attributed to sickle cell. Name me 10 other common causes of death of college athletes.


Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2009 5:23 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff

Everyone: Fire Dodd, deport Freeman, and suspend Doyel.


Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2009 4:43 pm

Fire Missouri medical and training staff

AND THAT IS EXACTLY MY POINT - distorting the facts to make the story....and certain readers jump in, like lemmings, ready to crucify an entire staff based on what one person's distorted interpretation.....It's downright scary. 

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