Archive for March, 2009

Record Entries For USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, Maryland

Julie Hayden of the Athena Track Club and running race correspondent and photojournalist George BankerThe 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center in Landover Maryland attracted some of the world’s top masters athletes, including at least 12 Olympians and 58 reigning world record holders according to the Cool Running site. With the theme of lifetime fitness, the meet is open to all athletes 30 and up. The oldest competitor is 95. TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau had the opportunity to compete in the 45-49 age group.

Nearly 1,000 athletes – a record for the USA Masters Indoor Championships since the meet’s 1974 beginnings and the most for any masters indoor meet ever in North America – will compete. The MD-DC-VA area is home to an unusually large number of masters athletes, and the Herndon Reston Virginia area injury and disability lawyer Doug Landau ran as a long-time member of the D. C. Road Runners Club (DCRRC). Shown to the left are Julie Hayden from the Athena Track Club and D.C. area photographer and race correspondent George Banker.

TriathlonTrialLawyer a scratch from the United States Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships

TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau did eventually compete in the USAT&F Masters Indoor National Championship 800 on SundayThere are very few things that can keep me from finishing a race I have signed up for, especially where I am an event sponsor. As a Gold Sponsor of the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, Maryland at the Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex, I had registered for the 3 km (just under 2 miles) on Friday, the mile on Saturday and the half on Sunday. However, family comes first, and I was thrilled to be visiting family in New York City after depositions Thursday in Flemington, New Jersey. The absence of the TriathlonTrialLawyer was not missed; there was plenty of excitement for spectators, track aficianados and participants alike Read the rest of this entry »

Dreamcatchers Horse Back Riding is Inspirational

“Where to you get your energy ?” That is a question I am often asked. I am energized and inspired by my clients. The very people who come to me for help and inspriation. It’s a strange world.

Tori feeding her Tennessee Walking Horse after riding at Dreamcathers in Toano, VirginiaAfter volunteering at dawn at the VTLA Fun Run in Colonial Williamsburg and then racing in the Dismal Swamp in Jamestown I had the opportunity to watch a young client take a riding lesson at Dream Catchers near Williamsburg, Virginia.is a premier therapeutic riding center. It is immaculate, well-staffed and happy place. Students who participate in their programs have an array of disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, autism and cerebral palsy. The instructors are certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. My client has been participating in the riding program with DreamCatchers in Toano, outside of Williamsburg. When I watched Tori ride in the magnificent indoor ring with several instructors and volunteers, you could see that she was enjoying the activity and they were attentive to her needs. This 11-year-old girl is shown feeding carrots to the large Tennessee Walking Horse that she rides and also with her proud mother outside.

After riding at the Cory Sikich Therapeutic Riding CenterDream Catchers The physical benefits of therapeutic riding are derived from the gait of the horse, which resembles a human’s natural walking movement. No machine or exercise equipment can simulate all these natural body movements at once. Most riders see increases in muscle tone, improved flexibility and range of motion. The rider must adjust his or her posture to stay balanced on a horse, so equilibrium reactions are stimulated which help with balance, orientation, and body awareness. After a session at Dream Catchers, the core muscles used for balance are exhausted and gains in strength and proprioception are achieved. My hope and prayer are that Tori and others participating in therapeutic riding programs can continue to see improvement in their strength, stamina, confidence and neuromuscular coordination.

Dismal Swamp fun for TriathlonTrialLawyer

TriathlonTrialLawyer at the finish of the Colonial Runners Dismal Swamp RunRunning through a swamp behind a client’s home may not be most lawyers’ idea of a good time, but Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANAU, Ltd. is not your typical trial lawyer. While attending the VTLA Annual Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Triathlon Trial Lawyer was able to find a local race to participate in after his duties as a volunteer earlier the same morning. Landau was a race volunteer for the Convention Fun Run.

The Herndon Reston injury and disability lawyer is pictured at the Jamestown High School track after the Colonial Road Runners Dismal Swamp 5km. The Colonial Runners do a splendid job and their events are challenging, held in unique locations and fun.

TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau shows "service" and skill at a Court of a different kind

Doug Landau & the 2009 VTLA Tennis Tournament ChampionsThe College of William & Mary indoor tennis stadium was the site of the 2009 VTLA Tennis Tournament, sponsored by ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. Herndon Reston area injury and disability lawyer Doug Landau puts on this fund raiser each year and makes sure that everyone who participates gets a useful prize and lots of “court time.” In addition to the athletic competition, the event allows for networking and the sharing of ideas between lawyers, experts and judges from all over Virginia. Shown from left to right are: J. E. “nail that alley all day long” Wingfield, Doug “the slug” Landau, Emily “the fashion statement” Van De Ven, Gary “too tall” Blankenship, Diana “this is my first tourney” Dew and Chip “ready for the Davis Cup” Hydrick.

While the traveling trial lawyer had been a volunteer at dawn for the VTLA running race, ran in a Jamestown 5 km. thereafter, and visited a client as she took part in a horseback riding class, Landau nevertheless had the energy to play in several matches and even take a lesson ! The TriathlonTrialLawyer also showed he could hit the tennis courts as well as the law courts. He gave awards to all participants, as he has done every single year that he has sponsored this fun event. Shown here are the award winners. Doug Landau does not recommend this as a daily exercise agenda, and his graduate school Sports Medicine studies educated him as to the fact that he was going to be very sore and tired on Sunday AND Monday !

Double Duty for TheAthletesLawyer Doug Landau at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Convention

Brave runners ready themselves to begin the VTLA run in Colonial WilliamsburgThe Virginia Trial lawyers Associaiton’s (“VTLA”) Annual Convention is jam-packed with lectures, seminars, specialty sessions and inspiring speeches. There are also athletic events that TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau has sponsored, directed and participated in over the last 25 years. This year, the busy Herndon Reston area injury and disability lawyer was a volunteer at the 7:30 AM “Fun Run.” Marking 3 key points along the rainy, wet course through Colonial Williamsburg, Landau finished his duties and returned to the starting line only to find out that the field took a wrong turn, ran an extra mile and therefore the results were being appealed !

Virginia beach trial lawyer Lisa O'Donnell shows her speed through Colonial Williamsburg at the VTLA RunTheAthletesLawyer then had a quick breakfast with the judges and then drove to run in a Colonial Road Runners 5 km. at Jamestown High School (see Wednesday’s Post). He then visited with clients in Williamsburg and Toano, Virginia and returned to the Convention site after lunch. While judges, lawyers, paralegals, etc., participated in the Golf Tournament for the Norman Landau Cup, Doug Landau had to prepare for the Tennis Tournament. Because of the rainy weather, Landau reserved the College of William & Mary indoor tennis courts. There, ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. once again sponsored the VTLA Tennis Tournament. For more about this “Court Appointment,” see tomorrow’s post.

Double Duty for TheAthletesLawyer Doug Landau at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Convention

The Virginia Trial lawyers Associaiton’s (“VTLA“) Annual Convention is jam-packed with lectures, seminars, specialty sessions and inspiring speeches. yet there are also athletic events that TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau has sponsored, directed and participated in over the last 25 years. This year, the busy Herndon Reston area injury and disability lawyer was a volunteer at the 7:30 AM “Fun Run.” Marking 3 key turns along the rainy, wet course through Colonial Williamsburg, Landau finished his duties and returned to the starting line only to find out that the field took a wrong turn, ran an extra mile and therefore the results were being appealed !

TheAthletesLawyer then had a quick breakfast with the judges and then drove to run in a Colonial Road Runners Club 5 km. at Jamestown High School (see Wednesday’s Post). He then visited with clients in Williamsburg and Toano, Virginia and returned to the Convention site after lunch. While judges, lawyers, paralegals and others participated in the Annual Golf Tournament for the Norman Landau Cup, Doug Landau hads to prepare for the Tennis Tournament. Because of the oftentimes rainy weather, Landau reserved the College of William & Mary indoor tennis courts. There, ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. once again sponsored the VTLA Tennis Tournament. For more about this “Court Appointment,” see tomorrow’s post.

Screening for Sickle Cell recommended by National Athletic Trainer's Association

Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary condition is found in an estimated 8 to 10 percent of African-Americans. Sickle-shaped blood cells carry less oxygen and can clog blood vessels that flow to the heart and other muscles. In 2007, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association recommended that college teams screen athletes for the inherited blood disorder, noting some trainers mistake the injury for heat exhaustion, muscle cramps or heart problems according to an AP report.

At least 10 athletes have died in the past eight years, ranging in age from 12 to 19, according to a study from the association. The study also notes the deaths of 13 college football players at schools that did not test for sickle cell trait or had “a lapse in precautions.” “The hereditary condition has been linked to heatstroke and exercise-induced collapse” according to the 3/13/09 USA Today Sports section article (“Missouri settles with dead player’s family for $2 million”) discussed in yesterday’s post.

The settlement in the Missouri case discussed in yesterday’s post came the same day a similar lawsuit was filed in Orange County, Florida against the University of Central Florida. Redshirt Freshman wide receiver Ereck Plancher died after an off season conditioning session. An autopsy showed that this athlete also had the sickle cell trait.

Preseason Football death case settled for Missouri football player

The University of Missouri has reached a settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of a former football linebacker who collapsed on the field during a 2005 preseason workout according to the AP. The Friday USA Today Sports section reports The Circuit Court judge approved the $2 million settlement that ended a 3-year lawsuit over the collapse and death of the 19-year-old college athlete. (USA Today, 3/13/09) The settlement also requires the University to fund a $250,000 scholarship in the deceased football player Aaron O’Neal’s name.

The lawsuit alleged that school employees failed to take medical precautions required by O’Neal’s carrying of the sickle cell trait. The hereditary condition has been linked to heat stroke and exercise-induced collapse. O’Neal, who was 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, started to struggle with conditioning drills about 45 minutes into the hourlong workout on July 12, 2005. Players wore shorts, T-shirts and cleats but no helmets or pads.

The O’Neal family lawsuit accused the Missouri coach, athletic director, team medical director and 11 trainers and strength coaches of failing to recognize signs of medical distress they say could have prevented O’Neal’s death. The former County medical examiner cited viral meningitis as the cause of death. But the chairman of the university’s pathology department and several outside experts suggested the sickle cell trait contributed. See tomorrow’s post regarding the recommendation by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association for sickle cell screening.

Volunteers make the races run

Doug Landau, Ed Grant, Eammon McEvilly & Pat Finn after the DCRRC Fort Hunt park 10 km. oad raceShown here with long time DCRRC competitors, race directors and volunteers, is Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau and Ed Grant, Eammon McEvilly and Pat Finn. Ed Grant has been an officer and race director, and had the distinction of driving the “DCRRC-mobile” around Franklin Farms while Landau did his training runs and rides. McEvilly has the fastest PR time on the Fort Hunt Course where they had just run, and was the Senior counsellor at the Alexandria Department of Rehabilitative Services office. Eammon now provides private vocational rehabilitation, placement, assessment and related services and has helped ABRAMS LANDAU clients in Social Security Disability cases. Finn, a stalwart at the DCRRC monthly Tidal basin and other District area runs, ran with Landau at many mid-week summer races over the years.

The Herndon Reston injury and disability lawyer leaves today to attend the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”) annual convention. In Williamsburg, Landau is scheduled to be a volunteer at the annual 5 km race Saturday morning. In the afternoon, the ABRAMS LANDAU lawyer will volunteer and direct the annual tennis tournament that he has sponsored and run for 20 years. His tennis tourney will take place at the same time as the annual VTLA golf tournament that pits lawyers, judges and other law office professionals in competition for the “Norman Landau Cup.” This prize is named after Doug Landau’s late father. The silver cup was generously given to VTLA by this year’s lifetime achievement award winner Robert Hall. Mr. Hall was Doug Landau’s first boss when the TriathlonTrialLawyer came to Virginia to practice law. Hall is still a mentor of Landau’s, and he practices with the Reston law firm Hall, Sickels, Frei & Mims.

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