PRE-PARTICIPATION SPORT EXAMS SHOULD BE COVERED BY INSURANCE

Sexual Abuse of Child Athletes (<18yo), particularly non-school amateur sports, recreation and exercise (SRE) and especially non-school swimming teams, continues to be shocking and revolting.

This reporter recommends, “Micheal B. Minix Sr., M.D., leading medical expert on Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome and founder of Athlete Safety First (CAPPAA).” [acording to published article, Cheerleading injuries on the rise even in Texas part 1, by Pat Hauldren Dallas Women’s Sports Examiner March 20, 2011]:

1. All Health Care Insurance Carriers cover pre-participation SRE examinations each year, prior to the activity. Insurance Carriers don’t now.

2. Every Doctor be credentialed by the third party payers to perform PPSRE examinations, who have been educated about the signs and symptoms of Sexual Abuse.

3. Because, there are different signs and symptoms that alert doctors, “when there is no direct allegation but when the doctor may consider the diagnosis of sexual abuse and have to ask questions of the parent and child.”

4. Doctors and other health care personnel are mandated reporters and are required by law to report Child Sexual Abuse in every venue, including SRE, or face criminal charges of failure to report. Doctors have been charged.

5. Of course, other school sports are included. Disgustingly, former U.S. longest-serving Republican House Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, high school teacher and wrestling coach before Speaker, has been recently accused sexual abusing young male athletes.

[What to ask when sexual abuse is suspected, J M LEVENTHAL,* A BENTOVIM,t A ELTON,t M TRANTER,t AND L READt, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1987, 62, 1188-1195 *Department of Pediatrics and the Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, and tDepartment of Psychological Medicine, Hospital for SickChildren, Great Ormond Street, London]

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