||This article was reprinted with permission
from Journal of Athletic Training
(Note: We are unable to
include photos from the original article)
|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
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.