Archive for February, 2011

Is Bicycling 2 or more abreast on Loudoun County Virginia roads legal ?

With Loudoun County police stopping Fairfax bike riders for riding two-by-two, Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau was asked to look into the laws regarding bikers riding other than in single file formation. Bicycling around Leesburg, Ashburn, Ashburton, Broadlands and Sterling is a great way to enjoy the rural parts of the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Biking also allows us to go outdoors and get some exercise. While many people ride recreationally, if you spend time out on the roads around Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William Counties, you cannot help but notice that we also have a substantial number of competitive bikers.

Whether you are cycling just for recreation and want to ride alongside your fellow bikers, or you are training for competition and need a pace lane, you should know your rights and obligations as cyclist. You should also ride defensively so as to avoid a car accident, crashing or injuring others. As far as how many riders can ride across a Loudoun Country Virginia road, there seems to be differences of opinion inside and outside of the Northern Virginia cycling community. Specifically, can a Loudoun County cyclist ride 2 abreast (or more) on the public roadways ? Read the rest of this entry »

Traumatic Brain Injury Research Will Require Many Millions from the NFL

The “Super Bowl” is one of the most-watched sporting events on television. The NFL makes billions of dollars each year. It is America’s beloved violent pastime. Yet the rash of brain and spinal trauma cases depicted this season do not seem to have had much impact on permanent changes to the game and the on field violence. The Sports Illustrated Special Report on Concussions described some of the steps the football league as taking after a rash of severe head injuries on the field. However, the NFL’s million dollar donation to my alma mater, Boston University (“BU”), is a pocket change offering in light of the fact that players paid many millions of dollars are being carried off the field after violent tackles that cause concussions, Read the rest of this entry »

Cross Fit trained runners show their stuff in Coral Gables

CrossFit athletes are all smiles after the "Tributet to the Military" race in Coral Gables, Florida

CrossFit athletes are all smiles after the "Tributet to the Military" road running race in Coral Gables, Florida

At the “Tribute to the Military” 5km running race in Coral Gables, Florida, Cross Fit trained athletes showed their stuff on a scenic course that took runners from the City Hall and around the golf course before returning to the center of the city. The Florida weather, as expected, was hot, and the dancers who warmed up the racers made things even hotter. Nearly a thousand runners raced through the streets of the Miami suburb February 6th, 2011, and the level of competition was high.

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Virginia studying Brain Injury and Sports Concussion

Brain injury in sports can occur even without outward manifestation, such as bleeding, swelling of the skull, bruising of the skin or laceration. Sports medicine specialists who study head injury in athletics have long noted that it is the movement of the brain inside the hard, bony shell (the cranium) that often determines the nature and extent of the brain damage. Director of the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute at the University of Virginia School of Medicine Jeffrey Barth has explained, “if [a player] is not expecting it, the head snaps on the neck [when struck].” The Sports Illustrated Special Report Concussions concluded by noting that when an athlete is caught off guard or going the wrong way, even a minor blow to the head can be devastating. This is because the speed at which the head snaps back and how long it takes to decelerate often determine whether an athlete will be concussed. It the snapping of the head and neck is rapid enough, the player can lose consciousness momentarily, and suffer a concussion.

To entirely prevent or mitigate concussive head-snapping, athletes Read the rest of this entry »

Athletes Should Be Aware of Dangers of Unregulated Supplements Health Claims

Doug Landau, like many of the athletes competing at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, supplements his diet with sports supplements, protein, vitamins and minerals.  But the FDA does not supervise these health products like prescription medications.  Perhaps the FDA should...

Doug Landau, like many of the athletes competing at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, supplements his diet with sports supplements, protein, vitamins and minerals. But the FDA does not supervise these health products like prescription medications. Perhaps the FDA should...

Having just purchased several items at the local health food and vitamin shop, I note that some labels state that the claims “have not been approved by the FDA.” The FDA recently warned the dietary supplement industry not to spike its products with steroids, prescription drugs or other prohibited substances. According to news reports since 2007 nearly 300 products marketed as supplements have been found to contain potentially dangerous or illegal ingredients. Many of these consumer health products were sold as diet, bodybuilding or sexual enhancement supplements. Unlike drugs, dietary supplements do not have to be proven safe by scientific or medical testing before being sold to consumers. Manufacturers can make Read the rest of this entry »

Law Enforcement and Bikers ID – Would the cops really frisk a cyclist in spandex ?

Unlike most bikers I know, motorists have license plates, operators permits and vehicle registrations. All of these documents are required under the laws of most states. After representing several bikers picked up by local police for violations of state law, I was asked could they have gotten tickets (and potentially points on their Division of Motor Vehicles record) if they did not have their drivers license on their person. One irate cyclist noted that the foreign riders, who have no U.S drivers license, could not get points, nor could the young bike riders who did not yet have their permits. It did not seem fair that drivers license carrying American citizens could be penalized this way. Plus, it seemed unjust that a cyclist could lose his/her driving privileges for an infraction committed while biking, but a car driver cannot lose his/her bicycling privileges if they get too many speeding, reckless driving or DUI convictions !

Having prosecuted many ticketed motorists, I understand that from the police officers’ point of view, once a violation of the law has occurred, or the officer has a reasonable suspicion that there has been a violation, they can Read the rest of this entry »

Player Size Increases NFL Health Risks

When I followed professional football as a teenager in the 1970s, only Bubba Smith weighed more than 300 pounds. Now, “super sized” linemen are commonplace. Can you imagine a 300 pound person falling on top of you ? How about 2 or 3 ?!!? What about the health effects on these gigantic players, making sudden movements with all that weight, hitting each other and running anaerobically ? And what happens to these large men when their playing days are over, and they are no longer professional athletes looked after by a team of doctors, trainers and dietitians ?

According to a report in the New York Times, there are more than 500 300-pounders presently. A 1994 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study found that former offensive and defensive linemen had a 52% higher rate of death from cardiovascular disease than did the general population. Since then, the players at these positions have only gotten bigger, with the average weight in the NFL 252 pounds. A 2005 University of North Carolina study found that more than a quarter of the NFL’s players fit the category of Class II obesity, Read the rest of this entry »

New Years Day Fun at Reston Town Center

Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau was runner up in his age group at the Reston Town Center New Year's Day 5k road running race

Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., was runner up in his age group at the Reston Town Center New Year's Day 5k road running race

In a new addition to the New Years Day racing lineup in Northern Virginia, our friends at Potomac River Running (“PRR”) have come up with a New Year’s Day 5k in Reston. The 5k started on Market Street at the Reston Town Center at the very civilized hour of 10 a.m. One of the advantages of this venue is that there is plenty of free parking available in the numerous garages at the Town Center. The race was computer chip timed, and packet pick up was available at the PRR Reston store. Read the rest of this entry »

Law Enforcement and Bikers ID

Bikers stopped to traffic violations may find their ride (or race !) over prematurely if they do not have proper identification

Bikers stopped to traffic violations may find their ride (or race !) over prematurely if they do not have proper identification

Would the cops really frisk a cyclist in spandex ? This is not as off-the-wall question as it may seem. After representing several bikers picked up by local police for violations of state law, I was asked could they have gotten tickets (and potentially points on their Division of Motor Vehicles record) if they did not have their drivers license on their person. One irate cyclist noted that the foreign riders, who have no U.S drivers license, could not get points, nor could the young bike riders who did not yet have their permits. It did not seem fair that drivers license carrying American citizens could be penalized this way. Plus, it seemed unjust that a cyclist could lose his/her driving privileges for an infraction committed while biking, but a car driver cannot lose his/her bicycling privileges if they get too many speeding, reckless driving or DUI convictions !

Having prosecuted many ticketed motorists, I understand that from the police officers’ point of view, once a violation of the law has occurred, or the officer has a reasonable suspicion that there has been a violation, they can ask for identification. Some states require more Read the rest of this entry »

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