Former Baylor football player’s lawsuit claims header drills caused traumatic brain injury | Education

Jobson is described in the lawsuit as “an aggressive coach who subjected the women on the soccer team to repetitive, brutal, dangerous and unnecessary head drills during practice.”

“Despite being informed of the dangerous cape exercise, defendant Baylor University did nothing to prevent the injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit describes a practice in February 2019 in which Jobson and his team “fired superinflated soccer balls from a mechanical device with an increased speed of approximately 70 yards, and players had to ‘steer’ the ball.” .

“Headbutting puts a lot of pressure on the player’s head and neck and increases the risk of players, like Eva Mitchell, sustaining head and neck injuries, including but not limited to strains, concussions and whiplash,” according to the lawsuit.






Baylor’s Eva Mitchell runs against Northwestern State in this August 2019 game.


Jerry Larson, Tribune-Herald file photo


Baylor was the only women’s soccer program in the country to use this drill, along with other drills in which coaches repeatedly toss overinflated balls across the width of the pitch and force players to drive the ball as far forward as possible. with their head, the lawsuit claims.

“Based on reports and beliefs, these extremely dangerous and repetitive heading drills in practice are not used at any level of women’s college football,” the suit alleges.