Doug Landau, of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., at the start of the Newton crosss country run during the Multisport World conference in Bethesda, Maryland
Doug Landau, of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., at the start of the Newton crosss country run during the Multisport World conference in Bethesda, Maryland

DC, Maryland and Virginia Triathletes, Duathletes, Runners, Bikers, Swimmers and Rowers were treated to some outstanding lectures, demonstrations, clinics and competition at this past weekend’s Multisport World in North Bethesda. There were individual and team competitions in swimming relay, cross country running and indoor computrainer cycling events. Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau competed in the running and cycling events. The 5km race was sponsored by Newton running shoe company, and Landau wore his custom-cut Newtons around the Georgetown Prep Track, golf course and roads. Top finishers and teams got free shoes !

For the 10km. time trial inside the Expo hall, Landau brought his bike and shoes, and a change of clothes, as he was soaked afterwards ! The school’s locker room and facilities were excellent, and this event is sure to get bigger each year. Cheered on by friends from the DC Triathlon Club, RATS (Reston Area TriathleteS), Team FeXY, Team Z, TriCats, SetUp Inc., Rehab 2 Racing and others, the Herndon injury lawyer was able to average over 22 miles per hour on the hilly course and over 230 watts !

Lending a bike, giving a hand – "Pay it Forward"

After lending his racing bike to another competitor, Doug Landau manages to average 22+ MPH and over 230 watts
After lending his racing bike to another competitor, injury lawyer Doug Landau manages to average 22+ MPH and over 230 watts

When a young cyclist realized that he had forgotten his bike this weekend, and thus would be out of the race this weekend, Doug Landau, recalling the kindnesses that had been shown him, offered to not only let this racer use his bike, but also his bike shoes !
Since they were in different heats at Multisport World, Landau was able to cheer for this your racer. Plus, his Cervelo P# carbon bike was already attached to the Computrainer and warmed up for his race moments later ! The bottom line – “pay it forward.” If you do good things for others, good things will happen to you. Plus, even though we are competing against each other, good sportsmanship is important, as athletes should compete fairly and honorably. Landau, of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., intends to race on his bicycle outside next month at the “Rumpass in Bumpass” Olympic DIstance Triathlon in Spotsylvania and the Strasbourg DUathlon.

Multisport World – Seminars, Clinics and Competition Galore

Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau, SPOKES publisher Neil Sandler, Virginia Triathlon Series race director Greg Hawkins, and Rehab 2 Racing Triathlon Coach Rob Colburn survey the scene at the 2011 Multisport World Expo in Bethesda Maryland
Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau, SPOKES publisher Neil Sandler, Virginia Triathlon Series race director Greg Hawkins, and Rehab 2 Racing Triathlon Coach Rob Colburn survey the scene at the 2011 Multisport World Expo in Bethesda, MD

Multisport World came to the Mid Atlantic region today. Developed in partnership with USAT Mid-Atlantic Region and held at the state-of-the-art Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland, triathletes, duathletes, bikers, runners and swimmers were treated to a full day of activities. The local high school’s indoor track, pool and conference rooms were devoted to multisport seminars, training clinics, workshops, competitive events and more. The first 500 registered attendees received swag bags with product samples, money-saving coupons and more. Plus all registered attendees were eligible to win valuable prizes and receive discounts to selected Multisport World clinics.

The campus golf course and outdoor track were the venues for the Newton running shoes demonstration and challenging 5km and the pristine pool, held Total Immersion swim clinics. Georgetown Prep was the site of the Bethesda Cure Autism Now Sprint Triathlon (yes, that’s my photo on the far right, exiting the pool en route to winning the race 2 years ago !). All of the big names, and clubs from Virginia, Maryland and DC triathlon were there. There were also a number of newcomers and there was something for everyone, from “newbie” to veteran. In the following posts, the competitions and other news will be published.

Unreasonable Demands Lead to Failed NFL Negotiations

Under the title, “Lawyers Get the Handoff,” the Washington Examiner noted “now it’s time for lawyer to hijack the game.” However, the article misses the point. The Professional Football Players’ Union wanted unlimited access to the owner’s team financial records. This would not happen in any business. The players do not “own” the franchises. They did not put up the capitol to buy the teams. They are labor. Independent audits perhaps, but not the owners’ and teams financials. The Union should be more concerned with player safety, traumatic and cumulative brain injury, orthopedic disability, longevity and post-career medical care and retirement benefits. That so many professional football players make more money than most working people, only to wind up broke, disabled and without a second career means that the Union is not looking long-term to the needs and welfare of its members. Make part of every salary deferred, guaranteed and invest in some good, long-term health and disability insurance. If every player must purchase this, then the costs will come down and the benefits will be there not just for the superstars, but linemen and lesser paid players whose bodies are battered every single week for our viewing pleasure.

Kickoffs and Returns under scrutiny by the NFL

The National Football League is looking into kickoff modifications in order to help ‘deal with injury numbers’ according to news reports this week. Indicating that it was a matter of safety, along with possible suspensions for player who make illegal hits, the NFL is recommending that kickoffs be moved from the 30- to the 35-yard line — as it was before 1994. Also, kicking team members must line up within five yards of the ball. This would prevent the kicking team members from lining up 10-15 yards behind the ball to get a running start. By the time these offensive players got downfield, they were at full speed.

The sound of the impact when 300 pounds of professional football player, sprinting at top speed, strikes another player moving in the opposite direction at maximum velocity, it something not soon forgotten. The momentum of each player (speed times mass) is truly shocking. The league recognizes the potential for devastating and career ending head, neck and brain injuries and is looking into way to modify the game while still keeping its essential features. Read more at the Washington Examiner.

ALS Research Run Raises Money for Dulles South Youth Sports

Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., ests his early pre-season speed at the Dulles South Youth Sports 5km in South Riding Virginia, to benefit ALS research
Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., ests his early pre-season speed at the Dulles South Youth Sports 5km in South Riding Virginia, to benefit ALS research

Sunny skies greeted racers in this first annual 5K fundraiser for the ALS foundation at South Riding, Virginia. With chip timing by Potomac River Running and both a kids Fun Run and a 5km road race, this event is sure to grow from the 300 participants this weekend. Curry’s Auto Service presented the Dulles South Youth Sports (“DSYS”) 5K Race for ALS Research. DSYS has partnered with The University of Pittsburgh Center for ALS Research working together to strengthen muscles. Dulles South Youth Sports Inc, a local non-profit organization, is aimed at developing the character of tomorrow’s leaders by promoting physical activity, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership and respect for others. The DSYS portion (50%) of the funds raised by the DSYS 5K will be used for the DSYS Field Fund. Interest earned by this fund will be used to provide scholarships to children in the community that need financial help paying the registration fees.

The winners of this race received enormous trophies as well as cash, gift certificates and hand-made awards. Doug Landau of the Herndon Law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., finished 7th overall, and was for the third race in a row, the first finisher over 50, in just over 19 minutes ! The Triathlon Trial Lawyer next races on foot and in Computrainer cycling competition in Bethesda, Maryland at the Multisport World Conference and Expo.

Unsafe Playsets Recalled by Manufacturer

As a child, I enjoyed may hours playing on swing sets and “jungle gyms.” My brother and I would even eat our meals in these structures during the warm summer months (and save our mom from having to clean up if we dripped watermelon or spilled our drinks !). So I was particularly interested when I received word that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) had recalled children’s play sets made in China for Escalade Sports of Evansville, Indiana.

According to the CPSC recall notification, the hazard is significant, as the swing seats on these Oasis Playsets can crack and break in half, causing the user to fall to the ground. Escalade Sports has received 24 reports of the seats breaking, though no injuries have been reported. These defective and dangerous products were sold by Oasis distributors and dealers nationwide from April 2008 to December 2010 for between $1,500 and $2,200. Consumers should immediately stop using these swing seats and contact Escalade Sports for free replacement swing seats. For additional information, contact Escalade Sports at (800) 742-6009 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the Escalade’s website. Consumers can also e-mail Escalade Sports.

Hockey Violence, Head Injuries and Scrutiny for the NHL

With or without fights, the checking in professional ice hockey means that violence and injury-producing impacts are inherent in the sport. The N.H.L.’s handling of hits to the skull have come under scrutiny after scientists found that Bob Probert, former brawling hockey player who died last year of a heart ailment, had the same degenerative brain disease that prompted the National Football League to change some rules and policies in an effort to limit dangerous head impacts and disabling concussions. After a number of professional players sustained high speed hits to the head and were seen taken off the field on stretchers, football fans started questioning the violence in the “game.” The National Hockey League attempted to ban blindside hits to the head, but the move fell short of steps taken by other hockey leagues that have banned any contact with the head. I always thought all hockey players should wear helmets and mouth guards, as falls to the ice can cause teeth to be knocked out, fractured skulls and concussions.

What moves the professional sports leagues to action is economics. In the hockey arena, sponsorship dollars may cause greater change in the rules than scientific studies and doctors’ pleas. For example, Air Canada, a major N.H.L. sponsor, has urged the league to crack down on violence. Furthermore, a criminal investigation has begun in Montreal as the result of a hit that left a Canadiens player with a concussion and a fractured vertebra. To read more about the N.H.L.’s action in light of these recent developments, go to the New York Times Sports Journal coverage.

Injured Redskins Kicker Wins Workers Comp Case

Workers compensation claims are not just for construction workers and other blue collar laborers. Even highly paid professional athletes have comp claims that require court hearings and appeals. Professional football players are employees who work for wages much like others employed at FedEx Field. The report this week that the Washington Redskins have to pay workers’ compensation benefits to former kicker Tom Tupa, was of interest because of the jurisdictional questions involved in the litigation. According to the Washington Examiner, Tupa claimed to have hurt his back warming up at FedEx Field in 2005. The Maryland Court of Appeals upheld a 2009 Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury’s award to Tupa, who says he injured his lower back before a Redskins preseason game at the team’s Landover stadium. Pro-Football Inc., the corporation that operates the Washington Redskins, appealed the jury award by arguing that there’s no connection between Tupa’s 2005 injury and any ongoing disability he still claims.

Tupa has not played football since hurting his back; the punter has testified that he still needs back surgery. “It is undisputed that he is physically unable to punt in the NFL,” the appeals court wrote. Court records state that the Prince George’s County jury awarded Continue reading

From Lethal Lawn Darts to Little Kids Bikes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission – CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Think about that, despite the increase in the number of consumer goods and the United States population over the last three decades, the indigents of product related injury and fatal accidents has declined.

Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau recalls utilizing the CPSC’s resources as a young lawyer when researching dangerous air guns and other recreational products. It is important for everyone to report defective or dangerous products, as the CPSC does not just collect data of harmful products, but also injuries. Recalls by this governmental agency can prevent other consumers from being injured. Plus, holding manufacturers accountable for shoddy and harmful products helps keep safe product makers competitive while punishing those who supply dangerous goods to U.S. consumers.
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908