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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

THE TEAM PHYSICIAN AND LEGAL
ASPECTS OF INFORMED CONSENT

ALBERT W. PEARSALL IV, MD SPORTS MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery PROVIDE CARE FOR ATHLETES who engage in
Section of Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery
University of South Alabama Medical Center activities that put them at risk for serious injury. Physicians may be held
Mobile, Alabama liable for not counseling an individual regarding potential risks related
to athletic participation after sustaining an injury. Conversely, an athlete
ROBERT M. PORTMAN may pursue legal action when clearance to participate is denied due to
Jenner & Block, LLP medical risk, the player ignores that advice, and is injured while playing.
Washington, District of Columbia Athletes, like any other patients, have a legal right to make decisions about
their health care. Any decision to treat an athlete’s injury or to allow an
CONTRIBUTORS: athlete to refuse treatment should be made with the athlete’s informed,
written consent. Prudent physicians will also obtain an assumption of
JOHN E. KOVALESKI, PHD, ATC risk/waiver and release form from any athlete who chooses to play against
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery medical advice.
Section of Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery
University of South Alabama Medical Center Many of the legal factors that impact medical disclosure and informed consent are still
Mobile, Alabama in development. As such, this article does not constitute legal opinion and should be
considered a basic overview of the issues involved. For legal interpretations specific to
SUDHAKAR G. MADANAGOPAL, MD your circumstances, please consult an attorney.
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