U. of Maryland Assembles Medical Review Board

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As part of its response to the practice-related death of football player Jordan McNair 10 months ago, the University of Maryland on Thursday announced the formation of a 10-person independent medical review board that will review policies regarding athlete health and welfare, including best practices typically recommended by the NCAA, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Rod Walters, the former athletic trainer hired by Maryland to audit its emergency response in the wake of the 19-year-old McNair's fatal heatstroke, will head the board made up mostly of current and former athletic trainers and medical professionals. These include three athletic trainers: Ron Courson of Georgia, Matt Laursen of Boston University and Cynthia "Sam" Booth, a National Athletic Trainers Association inductee who retired in 2016 after 36 years in the field. Rounding out the board are Radford University strength coach Scott Bennett, retired orthopedic surgeon Robert Peele, Carolina Panthers nutritionist and former All-American swimmer Jennifer Brunelli, Notre Dame team physician Matt Leiszler, Maryland assistant professor of operations and management Sean Barnes, and Maryland state trooper and flight paramedic Ed Strapp.

Related: Report: Athletic Training Mistakes Made in McNair Case

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