How Much Training and How Much Rest ? Does Rest Result in Record Results ?

Age Group Champions know the value of "smart training;" mixing high intensity and volume with periods of rest and recovery

Age Group Champions know the value of “smart training;” mixing high intensity and volume with periods of rest and recovery for optimum race results over a career

Bikers, runners, swimmers, and even professional football players are coming to the realization that rest days can be as important as hard workouts to overall improvement, recovery from training, and peak results. While not a big fan of major American professional athletics, Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau came across a Wall Street Journal article in the paper’s Sports section. (Yes, the WSJ has a sports section !)

The article titled “The Packers’ New Workout Plan” looked at the Green Bay NFL team’s institution of “Feel Good Friday.” Practice on Friday is canceled, but deep-tissue massages or other treatments are mandatory during the pro football season. These low-key movements the day before a big game can help keep players fresh, and analysts seem to feel the players are keeping healthy.

While there seems to be no consensus on whether athletes should rest or train before a big event, Landau’s own regimen has consisted of a “light” day (or two) before Triathlons and Duathlons, and an easy “recovery day” afterwards. If the Virginia lawyer is heading to a National Championship, he will taper for up to a fortnight beforehand in order to be “rested and ready.”

Some bikers push themselves in the days leading up to a big race and Marathoners will reduce training volume, but still do sprints and lighter running leading up to the event. Sports scientists suggest that training within a day of a game or race should be done with an eye toward replenishment of glycogen, the body’s energy storage substrate. It takes about 24 hours to replenish the body’s carbohydrate stores. According to lawyer Landau, “It is better to have athletes who are “fresh” than those who are exhausted due to overtraining. I have seen too many athletes get injured, burn out or turn in sub-par performances because of doing too much in the days leading up to competition. My late father was a crack track athlete who competed as a high schooler at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden. Norman Landau was a great proponent of taking it easy on the days leading up to a big meet. He certainly questioned those coaches who had my sibs doing exhausting workouts close to major competitions.” To read more on this interesting article discussing when athletes should train, click here.

Salsa Bicycle Forks Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Salsa-Bearpaw-Recall-MuklukSalsa-Bearpaw-Recall-ForkSalsa Bearpaw Bicycle Forks have been recalled because they can bend or break, causing a fall hazard.

The aluminum forks were sold either separately (shown left) or on Mukluk bicycles (shown above) in sizes x-small, small, medium, large, and x-large; and in colors “tequila lime” with black paint, “metallic gold”, red, and black.

The forks (approximately $250) and bikes (approximately $1850 to $4400) were sold from September 2013 through November 2014 at bicycle stores nationwide and online.

Affected users should contact Salsa Cycles by phone at 877-774-6208 or online at www.salsacycles.com (click on the “Fork Recall” button).

For more information visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

If you or someone you know has been injured while using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Why Should a Triathlon, Duathlon or other Multisport Event be USA Triathlon Sanctioned?

There are several reasons why it is important for multisport races to be sanctioned by USA Triathlon …all centered on providing more for the athletes who participate:

USA Triathlon sanctioned races ensure standardized rules, insurance coverage and the opportunity to qualify for National and World Championship events.

USA Triathlon sanctioned races ensure standardized rules, insurance coverage and the opportunity to qualify for National and World Championship events.

1. Delivers athlete peace-of-mind by ensuring safety standards.

2. Sanctioned races ensure a fair race; governed under standard competitive rules.

3. Sanctioned races provide insurance protection for the event, athlete, and venue.

4. Sanctioned races provide ranking points for regional and national rankings, including annual designations of USA Triathlon “All-American” status.

5. Only sanctioned races provide the opportunity to qualify for National Championships and then qualify for World Championships as a member of Team USA.

Source:  USA Triathlon website

“Racing in a non-sanctioned event would be akin to seeking medical care from a non-licensed professional,” according to triathlete and lawyer Doug Landau.  “Certain protections are essential to promoting the safety of the participants, and USA Triathlon provides the oversight necessary.”

Car Crashing into Crowd Could Have Been Prevented

Road Barriers

Should the organizers of a large outdoor festival have installed barriers similar to the ones shown here in order to protect the crowd from errant vehicles?

In March of 2014, 21 innocent people were injured and four innocent people lost their lives when a drunk driver drove his car into the crowd at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.  The driver of the vehicle was trying to evade a traffic stop and now faces multiple charges of capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Last month, eight of the victims and victims’ families filed suit against the festival organizers.

The basic gist of the suits is that the festival organizers could have and should have foreseen and predicted that an errant vehicle — one driven by a drunk driver, a tired driver, an elderly driver, etc. — could have driven into the crowd, given statistics which state there are 20,000 errant vehicle incidents in the U.S. each year.  The plaintiffs also contend the organizers could have prevented the crash by installing sand or water barriers to protect innocent attendees.

The festival organizers responded to the suit saying full responsibility for the tragic accident lies with the drunk driver.

Should the festival’s organizer have recognized the risk, given the same event had been held every year for the past three decades?  Is the organizer responsible for mitigating as much chance of danger as possible?  Or do attendees assume the risk when they gather on a crowded street corner in a busy, urban area?

If you or someone you know has been injured while attending a festival, sporting event, or other crowded outdoor venue and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

NCAA Concussion Settlement – Update

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In a class action head injury lawsuit, the NCAA agreed to a proposed settlement which would include money for monitoring and diagnosing head injury in former and current college athletes, as well as changes in protocol. The initial settlement proposal has been rejected.

In July of last year we wrote here about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

The suit was a consolidation of lawsuits filed by several dozen athletes who suffered the effects of concussion while playing contact sports in college.

Financially, the proposed settlement called for for a fund of $70 million for the diagnosis and monitoring of former and current NCAA athletes, as well as $5 million for research into head injuries.  In addition, the NCAA agreed to reexamine its concussion protocols during practices and games.

In his ruling last fall, however, Judge John Z. Lee of United District Court rejected the settlement.  Judge Lee questioned whether or not the NCAA could actually enact the proposed changes and whether $70 million was sufficient.

If you or someone you know has been injured while playing a sport and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

NFL Lawsuit over Painkillers Dismissed by Judge

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Former NFL players sued the league claiming they had been given painkillers to mask injury. The class action lawsuit has been dismissed.

Last year we wrote here about a class action lawsuit filed by against the National Football League (NFL) claiming the organization had given its players painkillers to mask injuries.  Giving high dosages or contraindicated medications allegedly lead to chronic orthopedic and other conditions.  The suit was filed by former players who said there is a culture of drug misuse in the NFL that resulted in player injuries and permanent physical damage. For example, whereas anabolic steroids may cause nitrogen retention that leads to muscle hypertrophy, cortisone injections reduce tissue swelling by breaking down intracellular membranes, weakening the affected joints.  In other words, some injections can cause short-term reduction in pain and swelling, but at the risk of long-term. chronic conditions or traumatic, career-ending injury.

Last month, the suit was dismissed when the judge ruled that collective bargaining rules block such complaints.

Ways to Prove Bike Crash Fault WITHOUT Eyewitnesses

“I never saw the biker !” says the driver. “Never heard him coming from behind,” says the cyclist. This scenario is unfortunately not uncommon. Recently contacted by an injured bicycle commuter who woke up with a brain injury after a car crash, Herndon lawyer Doug Landau was presented with a case where the victim had no witnesses. What then to do when there are no witnesses to the impact ?

When a biker is injured or killed, and their are no witnesses, the police and legal counsel must use other evidence to prove the case and show what happened

When a biker is injured or killed, and there are no witnesses, the police and the cyclist’s legal counsel must use other competent evidence to prove the case and show what happened.

Another case investigated by Landau is illustrative. The cyclist was preparing for a New England charity ride. He went on his usual safe training course, not flying through lights or stop signs, but at a pace he would have to hold for a multi-day touring event. He then awoke in a helicopter being transported to Johns Hopkins Medical Center with a fractured skull. He had no memory of any vehicle striking his bicycle. There were no witnesses to the impact. He contacted lawyer Landau.

Always eager to explore cases, races and new places "on foot," Herndon lawyer Doug Landau at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, California

Always eager to explore cases, races and new places “on foot,” Herndon lawyer Doug Landau ran many miles at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, California

As is his custom in bike crash cases, Landau traveled from the Herndon Law Shop and visited the scene. Donning his running kit, he ran back and forth on the block where the biker was found.

Since the cyclist had a GPS device, it was downloaded so that Landau knew the precise coordinates. The GPS data revealed that the biker’s aspect suddenly changed about a yard to his left. Then the velocity went abruptly from 14 to zero MPH.

As lawyer Landau jogged over the scene, with his tape measure and camera in hand, he could not see any potholes, ruts, grating, skid marks, yaw marks or other indicia of vehicular incident or roadway defect. But, as he continued to traverse the area he heard a sound runners and cyclists know all too well. The low, loud barking of a very large dog that had leaped off the deck to his right.

With no leash or “invisible fence,” this huge beast was at the curb in an instant. Landau sprinted to his car in world record time. When he caught his breath, he realized that the cyclist’s brain injury was not from a car crash or road defect, but from being struck by this dog. He called the bike shop where the bicycle was being stored and asked the mechanics to check for: fur, saliva, dents low to the ground, and other evidence. They called back moments later with the confirmatory information.

The bike had indeed been struck low and hard by this animal. The dog attack was not the usual dog bite, but the sheer weight of the beast was enough to knock an experienced cyclist off his saddle and onto the pavement. The dog owner’s homeowners insurance policy then became the responsible party for the biker’s harms and losses.

The case reiterates Landau’s mantra:

  1. The best lawyers always visit the scene so as to understand what happened
  2. A true trial lawyer always explores what the cyclist saw, felt, heard, smelled, etc.
  3. Counsel should always ascertain the identities of eyewitnesses. This may involve knocking on doors, putting up posters, and simply “hitting the pavement” in the vicinity of the crash
  4. A true advocate for an injured cyclist will look for technology that may help prove the case, such as:
  • a. Intersectional videos,
  • b. Nearby business or home security cameras,
  • c. GPS or other devices that record speed, direction, time, location, etc.,
  • d. “Black Box” from the truck or car, satellite location device for commercial vehicles, etc.
  • e. Cell phone, text messaging and other communication device information,

Landau has been contacted by a number of injured cyclists and other athletes who either have no memory of the accident (as was the case when Landau had his own double concussion in the Fall of 2013).  Then there are the tragic cases where the biker died from his or her injuries and thus cannot relate anything to the family’s legal counsel. The above actions, along with those set forth in Landau’s free book “10 Mistakes that can Derail Your Bike Injury Case”, can sometimes help take a case with a seeming overwhelming number of questions, and get answers that can then be used as competent evidence in a court of law.

If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of a car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.

Lawyer Landau Qualifies Repeatedly for the 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

Doug Landau qualified for the 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships Olympic-Distance race on Aug. 8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after finishing in the top 10 percent in his age group at over a half dozen races throughout the country.  These triathlons included:

Exiting the swim at the 2010 National Championships, Northern Virginia injury lawyer Doug Landau hopes to once again race well against the best multisport athletes in the country

Exiting the swim at the 2010 Sprint Triathlon National Championships, Northern Virginia injury lawyer Doug Landau hopes to once again race well against the best multisport athletes in the country in 2015

Hermosa Day at the Beach Triathlon (CA)

Watermans Triathlon (MD)

Giant Acorn Triathlon (VA)

Savageman Triathlon (MD)

Patriots Race Weekend (VA)

General Smallwood Race Weekend (MD)

Landau has registered for the Sprint Distance race in Milwaukee, as he has raced successfully at that distance many times.  This USA Triathlon event has sold out in each of the past five years and is expected to sell out again in 2015. Lawyer Landau has done well enough at past Sprint National Championships to qualify to represent the USA at the World Championships.  

The USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships is the nation’s premier amateur Olympic-distance event with top athletes from all 50 states forming one of the most prestigious age-group fields in the sport.  The top finishers from each age group in both the Olympic and Sprint Distance races will also qualify to represent Team USA at the 2016 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Age Group World Championships.

The dates and location of the 2016 ITU Age Group World Championships will be announced sometime in 2015, and information will be added to the Team USA website as additional details are known. For more information on the 2015 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships, please visit www.usatriathlon.org/nationalchampionships.

Lawyer Landau a USA Triathlon Supporter and Member

Racing in USAT sanctioned events has enabled Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau to qualify to represent the United States at the 2015 DUathlon World Championships

Racing in USAT sanctioned events has enabled Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau to qualify to represent the United States at the 2015 DUathlon World Championships

In addition to belonging to, and supporting, numerous non-profit legal groups, Herndon lawyer Doug Landau is also a long-time member and supporter of USA Triathlon (“USAT”).

USA Triathlon is the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon (biking and running), aquathlon (swimming and running), aquabike (swimming and biking), winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, when Doug Landau was just starting to race in triathlons as a law student at the University of Miami School of Law, USAT is the sport of Triathlon in America’s central body.

USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races each year, with nearly 500,000 members, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. The USAT works with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level. USA Triathlon also provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Doug Landau has qualified numerous times for the world Sprint Triathlon Championships. However, Landau had never qualified for the Duathlon World Championships before 2014. He looks forward to representing USAT and the United States in the 2015 Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Australia. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

2015 Heroes Vs. Villains Run for Justice 5K

Here comes the Judge!  That was the title of last spring’s post about the 2014 Heroes vs. Villains Run for Justice 5K.

Always one to have fun, Virginia Lawyer Doug Landau ran this 5K in 2014 dressed as Swift Justice – donning a black judge’s robe and carrying a gavel!  The year before that, he ran in another costume race.  Lawyer Landau was Mr. Incredible, running with his wife, Elasto-Girl!

What will his costume be in 2015?

You will have to wait until it gets a little closer to race day to find out, but rumor has it there will be a Justice theme!

Here are the details about the 2015 Heroes vs. Villain 5K

  • Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
  • Time: 5K at 9:00am, Kids Fun Run at 8:30 am
  • Place: Fairfax Corner Shopping Center
  • Benefiting: Fairfax Law Foundation

Click here to register.

As always, participants and volunteers will enjoy awards, prizes, entertainment, post-race refreshments, t-shirts, and — of course — a COSTUME CONTEST!

Douglas K.W. Landau is admitted to practice in DC, VA, CT, FL, and NJ. Abrams Landau services clients in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, PA, Maryland, MD, Virginia, VA (including Northern Virginia, Fairfax county, Loudoun county, Herndon, Reston, and more), Connecticut, CT, Georgia, GA, Florida, FL, New Hampshire, NH, New York, NY, New Jersey, NJ, Maine, Massachusetts, MA, Rhode Island, RI, North Carolina, NC, and South Carolina, SC.

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