Athletic injuries: who pays after graduation? by Gabriel Kramer and Megan Shaw

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by Gabriel Kramer and Megan Shaw 


Louisville guard Kevin Ware doesn’t have to worry about medical bills now.  What 

his insurance doesn’t cover the university’s will.  But what if his nationally televised 

broken leg doesn’t heal the way it should, what if Ware has persistent problems and 

medical costs after graduation? 


The University of Louisville has not yet responded to our questions, but one person 

who did is Ramogi Huma, president of the 

National College Players Association

. He 

says universities need to be far more transparent about who is going to pay for 

athletic injuries requiring hospitalization.   Huma says the current system can lead 

to some huge 

medical bill surprises



“Many of the coaches who are recruiting the players,” says Huma,  “are promising 

the players that if they are injured, the university will take care of it, but in reality 

the university is not obligated to pay one penny for any sports related injury.” 


Confusion about who pays is understandable.   


In a 

USA Today

 article posted earlier this week, NCAA spokesperson, Stacey Osburn, 

was quoted saying, “Student-athletes must have insurance covering athletic-related 

injuries to practice and compete, per rules adopted by NCAA institutions – and in 

most cases colleges and universities provide that coverage.” 


In most cases the university provides that coverage? 


Osburn’s statement is inconsistent not only with information provided by the 

National College Players Association but also with the findings of a student 

reporting project at Kent State University. 


Student journalists checked with every university in the Mid-American Conference 

and several Big 10 universities and asked a simple question:   who pays for medical 

treatment for athletic injuries requiring hospitalization?   The answer at university 

after university:   the student’s insurance.  


Most universities do provide secondary coverage; some don’t even do that.  


Despite increased awareness of athletic concussions, their severity and the cost of 

treatment, medical expenses don’t seem to be a topic of much discussion when 

university recruiters try to entice high school athletes to come to their school.  Kent 

State student reporters found no university in the Mid American Conference that 

has any sort of formal disclosure policy regarding medical costs.   That doesn’t 

surprise Ramogi Huma.    

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Says Huma, “I guarantee you, there will be no coach in the nation that’s going to 

recruit a player and say we’re going to stick you with the medical bill if you get 



We’ve asked the NCAA to provide data that supports its assertion that it’s the 

university not the student that usually pays for medical expenses but have not yet 

received a response.   This story will be updated as we receive that information. 







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