Virginia triathlon lawyer Doug Landau was a featured speaker during the educational program at last weekend’s Washington DC Tri-Mania Summit and Expo. This multisport expo was held at Georgetown Prep School, where more than 2000 athletes, over 60 exhibitors, and Ironman world champion triathlete couple Mirinda Carfrae and Timothy O’Donnell kicked off the DC triathlon season together.
Tri-Mania DC was an opportunity for Virginia, Maryland, and DC athletes to sample new equipment, sports apparel, and nutritional products. There were also educational programs; hands-on swimming, running, biking and other clinics; presentations; and athletic competitions throughout the day.
While Virginia safety and sports injury lawyer Doug Landau is accustomed to teaching in the area schools and at national trial lawyer programs, this was a first for the “triathlon trial lawyer”.
Landau Teaches Athletes How to Protect Themselves
Landau’s topic for the afternoon was Lawyers, Guns & Money: Tools for Avoiding Legal Potholes for Athletes. The multimedia presentation involved music, scenes and photos from actual cases he has tried, physical exhibits, and medical illustrations. Attendees eagerly listened while Landau shared the tools necessary to avoid legal trouble and ameliorate claims and citations. One such tool is insurance. Athletes — triathletes in particular — must carry adequate insurance as a first line of defense in protecting themselves. As an example, Landau discussed a situation in which a triathlete in his final pre-race training was struck by a motorist who did not have insurance. Unfortunately, the athlete’s insurance policy only provided the bare minimum in coverage. The athlete, who had expended thousands of dollars in equipment, travel and race-related expenses — and now faced with medical bills in addition — had no other recourse but to settle for the limits of his own auto insurance policy — $20,000. Session attendees were grateful to learn the true importance of adequate insurance.
Abrams Landau Ltd. Exhibitor at Expo
For the first time in his career Landau also had a booth at the exhibitor hall. Along with a trio of assistants, he answered questions about the legal rights of cyclists or joggers who get struck by cars while crossing the road, swimmers who are harmed by undertow or submerged dangerous objects, etc. Landau and his team were pleased to distribute items for young children, including bike safety coloring books and crayons.
Sharing the ABRAMS LANDAU booth was Colburn Body Concepts, a local coaching and training company that also runs safe, open water swims. Stephanie and Rob Colburn hold the swims throughout the warmer weather in a safe, controlled environment so that multisport athletes can practice the skills necessary for safe open water swimming, work in their expensive wetsuits, and gain confidence in the water.
It was a great day for the promoting safety on the roads, trails and in the water, and the winner of the grand prize raffle, was in fact Stephanie Colburn, who won the Norma Tech Recovery System, which helps recovery by forcing blood in and out of the legs with air pressure, much as is done in the hospital setting for catastrophic injuries.
Landau hopes to participate in future multisport expositions and speak to other athletes throughout the country on the issues of safety, legal issues, and other medical and legal topics.
Bristow Running Triathlon and Swimming (BRATS) has just announced the Montclair Triathlon to be held in Montclair, Virginia on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Montclair is located about 20 miles outside DC off I95, so this is a great race for folks in the greater DC/MD/VA area. It is a Sprint Distance Triathlon that is USAT Sanctioned and consists of:
750 meter swim in Lake Montclair
12.4 mile bike
This will be fun for everyone from novice to advanced triathletes and features a relay division as well.
The Montclair Triathlon is limited to 500 participants and is expected to sell out quickly so don’t delay! Click here to register.
You may be eligible for a reduced registration fee since discounts are available for:
Early bird registration (prior to March 1)
Active duty or retired military
Athletes age 18 and under
BRATS is a terrific organization that strives to increase awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through the enjoyment of swimming and triathlons. Visit the BRATS website for information on other upcoming races and events.
After last year’s success in educating students about brain injury and giving out free bicycle helmets, a goal of 365 helmets was set for 2012. The campaign was to be “a helmet a day” to protect school children from preventable head injury. Setting goals and achieving them is a common occurrence at the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU.
All cyclists, rollerbladers, long boarders and skate boarders should wear head protection. To that end, Herndon sports injury lawyer Doug Landau visited with Rolling Ridge Elementary School 5th graders in Sterling Virginia. With the help of Loudoun County Police officers, every child was fitted with their own brand new Bell bike helmet. Lawyer Landau also gave educational presentations and distributed free bicycle helmet to Herndon, Fairfax and Reston 6th graders this month so that the students and their families could learn how to properly wear their bike helmets. The ABRAMS LANDAU GIVING PAGE on FaceBook has more pictures from these presentations.
It’s official ! Check out the Town of Herndon, Virginia’s web site. The Town’s site says, “On Saturday, February 25, the Herndon Community Center will be hosting the Jack Corkey Memorial Aquathon. Please click here for information about the event and for the registration form. Lane availability for lap swimming will be limited in the morning due to this event.” Race information can also be found at the Washington Running Report Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau and the Herndon Aquatics Center staff look forward to seeing all area multisport athletes at this fun event.
Just as the best trial lawyers plan successful case trials well in advance, top endurance athletes often decide on pace, nutrition, gear and even sleep well before the day of the race. Such was the case with today’s race, where sprint specialist Doug Landau was going to be running over a half-marathon in total distance. Rather than run with other lawyers at the Scottsdale Convention site, Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau chose to run in the competitive 34th Annual Runners Den 5k and 10k races in Phoenix, Arizona. To do so successfully, the Herndon sports injury lawyer had to contend with Continue reading →
Due to the torrential rains that have struck Northern Virginia, the dedicated directors of the annual Reston Triathlon have decided to eliminate the swim for only the second time in the popular multisport event’s history. The following was posted on the Reston Triathlon Association‘s web site:
Swim portion of the 28th annual Reston Triathlon has been canceled. Our lake official has been checking the lake since yesterday and has come to the decision that in the interest of safety it is not safe to swim in the lake…there is widespread disappointment but “Safety Is First.”
All racers will be notified by email of the cancellation and of plans for a replacement run as soon as the board has met to determine the details.
Triathlon Trial Lawyer, All American Triathlete and Virginia Triathlon Series (“VTS”) race sponsor Doug Landau adds that racers should also be mindful of debris on the roads when cycling, and perhaps “preview” the course once again since the storms have ended. Tight turns with washout, leaves, bark and other organic matter on the pavement and an early morning start can all contribute to less traction on the road surface. “Let’s all bike safely – the Reston Triathlon race directors cannot sweep every centimeter of the race course, and road flooding requires extra vigilance on the part of all participants.” adds Herndon Reston lawyer Landau. “In light of these changed conditions and as I have at least 2 more VTS competitions this season, I am not going to be putting the ‘pedal to the metal’ Sunday. I encourage all participants to enjoy the race, the shwag and the comraderie and ride safely.”
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 !
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.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) in cooperation with EB Brands, of Yonkers, New York announced a voluntary recall of Resistance Stretch Tubing manufactured in China. Having used these types of exercise devices to work out at home and at the gym, sports injury lawyer Doug Landau notes that strength training equipment should be built to withstand normal use without injuring the athlete. Landau’s opwn family members have used products like this for swim training and rehabilitation. At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., it is important to help prevent future injuries to consumers and athletes, as well as asist them after injuries caused through no fault of their own. With this particular exercise product, the handle on the tubing, also called bands, can break or detach while in use, causing the tubing or handle to strike the user and posing an injury hazard. There has already been a report of an incident involving a bone injury.
This recall involves Everlast Resistance Stretch Tubing, Everlast Pilates Stretch Tubing, Sportline Resistance Stretch Tubing and Pineapple Pilates Stretch Tubing, used for exercise and stretching. The tubing comes in yellow, blue or black with black handles. The words “2404”, “2001 EB Sport Group” and “Made in China” are molded on the handles. A list of affected lot numbers is available on the EB Sports Group’s website.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. For additional information, contact EB Brands at (800) 624-5671. A picture of recalled stretch tubing can be found at the CPSC recall website.
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, Continue reading →