Year: 1999 Source: Sports Medicine Alert, (September 1999), p.71-72 SIEC No: 20020291

Two cases in the United States raised the question of whether or not a sports medicine provider can be liable for an athlete’s suicide due to a combination of factors where the allegation is made that depression was brought on, at least in part, as a result of injuries prohibiting or restricting the athlete’s return to athletic participation. The cases of a university football player & a college basketball player are discussed. It is recommended that sports medicine providers be able to refer affected athlete-patients to appropriate mental health practitioners when necessary.