Every week, Syracuse University professor Aileen Gallagher is helping Longreads highlight the best of college journalism:

This week’s pick is by Meghan Walsh, a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s journalism program. Though there are plenty of outraged-laced stories about exploitation in college athletics, Walsh’s tale of Stanley Doughty—a former defensive tackle for the University of South Carolina—revealed an angle often glossed over in other pieces. Who pays health-care costs for injuries incurred as a student athlete? The school does, of course, until the student is off the team. Pro athletes have union contracts to protect them; student-athletes have one page of NCAA of regulations.

‘I Trusted ‘Em’: When NCAA Schools Abandon Their Injured Athletes

Meghan Walsh | The Atlantic | May 2013 | 19 minutes (4,670 words)


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