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  This article was reprinted with permission from Journal of Athletic Training
(Note:  We are unable to include photos from the original article)
Minimizing Liability Risks of Head and Neck Injuries in Football Jon Heck, Mike Weis, Jim Gartland, & C. Weis. Journal of Athletic Training.  29: 128-139; 1994.
  Article Background
This was my first collaboration article and quite a learning experience. This I can tell you ... It's very difficult to coordinate the efforts and concepts of other people. It's more difficult than I anticipated, anyway. But to the beginning.

The completion of this article was unique. The blueprint for the article came from a paper I wrote for a Law & Sport class in Grad School at the University of Florida, this was in 1991. The concept then was put on the back burner while I worked on my first Ball-Carrier Spearing publication.

In mid 1992 I began collaborating with Mike Weis on this article. Mike was my roommate at William Paterson and we graduated together from the athletic training program. At this time he was just finishing up PT school. We recruited Mike's cousin, "Craig the Lawyer", to assist us with the technical legal stuff. And what a disaster it turned out to be getting him in person with us. Oy! I get a headache just thinking about it. He eventually worked on the article, we weren't overly happy with what he did, but in mid 1993 we submitted the article.

After it was reviewed and sent back to us for revisions, good luck came our way. One of Mike's patients at Professional Sports Care was Jim Gartland, Esq. Mike got to talking to him about the article, he mentioned it was an area of interest and expertise and we recruited him. He really replaced Craig at this point, although we left Craig as a co-author he never worked on the article again. So during our 1st revision of the article we actually switched authors. Jim jumped in head first and dedicated much time and effort to the project. We really overhauled the article here, as he added the technical expertise we needed. In January of 1994 we re-submitted the article. After one more quick revision it was accepted for publication in March of 1994.

It turned out to be one of the longest articles the Journal of Athletic Training had published at that point. They actually requested the photographs that appear from us "just to break up" the article. It also turned out to be a very successful project as it has been reprinted several times in different publications. It remains the most frequent article people mention they've read. And to think I only got a "B" on it when I submitted it for my Law & Sport class.
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