UO’s current and former sports medicine directors testify about Doug Brenner’s treatment amid rhabdomyolysis in January 2017.

Eugene — Two other members and the former head of the University of Oregon sports medicine team testified in the civil trial brought by former offensive lineman Doug Brenner against UO, former soccer coach Willie Taggart, former strength coach Ariel Oderinde and the NCAA.

Neither Dr. Craig Davidson, now UO’s director of sports medicine, nor Kim Terrell, senior associate director of sports medicine, were present during the January 2017 rehearsals that led to Brenner and two of his colleagues being hospitalized. But Davidson and Terrell spoke in Lynn County Courthouse on Thursday about their treatment of Brenner and Oregon athletes, respectively. Dr. Greg Skaggs, director of sports medicine at the University of Oklahoma at the time of the accident, testified Friday morning.

Davidson was an on-call physician on January 12, 2017, the day Brenner first went to the hospital for rhabdomyolysis. He testified that Brenner’s first lab results returned a creatine kinase (CK) level of 75,402, which was defined as critical, leading the lab to call Davidson the result. Brenner also had a starting potassium level of 6.1, which Davidson testified that he felt was artificially high due to hemolysis.

During a direct examination by Stephen English, a UO attorney from Perkins Coie, Davidson said he contacted Skaggs and they agreed with Brenner’s advice to go to the ER.

Brenner testified that he received a call from Skaggs, who denied any such call occurred during his video testimony on Friday.

Davidson, who said in his testimony that he could not remember the details of the call he made with Brenner on January 12, testified that he called Brenner that day and told him to go to the hospital for treatment. The exact details of that call are still disputed, but Davidson denied telling Brenner that he was in danger of dying or dying.

During cross-examination by Jason Cavuri, an attorney for Brenner from Cavuri, McDougal, and Eva Lo, Davidson agreed that a potassium level of 6.1 indicated that a person was at risk of developing an arrhythmia.

Skags also agreed that such reading requires medical attention.

Brenner’s post-potassium reading was 4.2, which is in the normal range, and although his CK was over 87,000 at the time, Davidson said he felt he validated the decision to send him for more tests.

Explaining why he believed Brenner was discharged on January 12, Davison said, “I understood he was clinically stable. The plan was to continue hydration as an outpatient. There was no reason for him to be hospitalized.”

Several nephrologists who were called as experts by Brenner’s attorney testified that he should not have been allowed to leave the hospital that day, after a second day of grueling training at the center of the case.

Brenner’s potassium level subsequently rose to 5.5 on January 14, when Brenner was hospitalized.

When discussing the workouts, Terrell said she felt a connection between Odierend and the new force that was at the time and the athletic training and coaching staff that could have done better in order to prepare better. She also said that the strength and conditioning staff could have better communicated with the players about the nature and intensity of the training.

During questioning by Travis Eviva of Brenner’s legal team, Terrell said she was aware of the work of Scott Anderson, president of the College Athletic Trainers Association and chief athletic coach at the University of Oklahoma, regarding increased risks during the transition. Intervals during the college football calendar.

However, Terrell said she did not believe the January 2017 drills, which came after the Oregon football team had been out for more than a month, were unsafe.

“I didn’t feel that they were unsafe; they were a challenge,” said Terrell. The vast majority of athletes who have been able to compete in workouts without the side effects, muscle soreness after activity… is really common in esports training. …

“In a sport like team soccer, the drills are often hard, hard and tough. That doesn’t consider those drills unsafe. We have to manage how we take care of people as individuals. Some people have been able to successfully complete those drills, to say that this entire workout was unsafe it was It means that all the people were able to successfully complete the exercise, and for us that means it was not inherently unsafe. We can monitor people as individuals and care for them in a way that will support them without having to label (the exercises) unsafe.”

Skags testified that he was unaware of the “unusual nature” of the exercises at the time.

UO’s lawyers acknowledged that the exercises were excessive. Odirend apologized to Brenner About the incident during his testimony on Thursday. Travis Halseth, another UO athletic trainer, testified that the workouts caused him anxiety.

Brenner is seeking $125.5 million in the case: $100 million in punitive damages against the NCAA, plus $20 million for pain and suffering and $5.5 million in past and future medical expenses from UO, Taggart and Oderinde.

Brenner, former teammate Sam Potassi and Cam McCormick were both hospitalized for several days due to rhabdomyolysis.

“I think there are people who got results from those workouts that weren’t what we would have liked to have,” Terrell said.I don’t think this is the outcome we want for our patients. this is unacceptable. However, I also think they got the care they needed in a very timely manner.”

During cross-examination by Brenner’s attorneys, Davidson and Terrell testified that if the NCAA’s bylaws for regulating winter strength and conditioning training were to be implemented, they would be implemented and any violations of them reported.