ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ shines light on medical mistreatment of athletes at IU

Claims of medical mistreatment and improper care for athletes at Indiana University was the focus of an investigation run by ESPN’s Outside the Lines (OTL) on Sunday.

The report, which discusses the general mistreatment of all athletes, also includes statements from former Hoosier football players during the Kevin Wilson era.

The story’s primary focus was on Katlin Beck, a rower at IU who claimed her injuries weren’t taken seriously by medical staff and athletic trainers at the school.

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Along with Beck’s claims, the investigation dove into similar reports from the football program, which ultimately led to Wilson’s departure.

OTL¬†reported on the situations from three players – Zander Diamont, Domonique Booth and Nick Carovillano – all of which said some of their injuries weren’t taken seriously.

Booth, who also gave statements to WTHR in Indianapolis several months ago, said that he was improperly treated for a concussion during his playing days.

From the report, Booth said:

Coach Wilson is a hard coach. That’s what he is, that’s what he does. … But I think the culture of fear was more made from the people in the [medical] system that couldn’t handle it.

Diamont, who decided to forego his senior season because of injuries, said his concussion was taken seriously but “was laughed at” when he requested an MRI for ankle pains.

The former quarterback agreed with Booth on the atmosphere surrounding the athletic training staff:

They were just always acting out of fear. Like there was always a pressure on them to treat us a certain way or not. It did inhibit them from doing their job to the best of their ability

The investigation from OTL is fairly concerning, especially since Wilson is now the offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Despite the reports, Wilson continues to deny any wrongdoing.

You can read more on Beck’s story and the issues from the football program by clicking here.

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