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Swimmer Can Sue Over Coach’s Training Methods

(CN) - A former college swimmer can sue St. John's University and its swim coach over training methods that allegedly injured her back, a New York appeals court ruled.

Adi Segal sued St. John's University and swim coach John Skudin over "certain training methods" not specified in the ruling, but which allegedly gave her back pain.

The university argued that Segal knew the risks associated with swimming and that the coach's training methods were "well within the normal and expected parameters" for college swimmers.

The trial court refused to dismiss Segal's complaint, and the justices of the Brooklyn-based appeals court affirmed.

They ruled that Segal deserved a trial based on her complaint that Skudin continued to use the same training methods after she complained of back pain.

The justices also ruled that the defendants created an "issue of triable fact" by annexing the plaintiff's deposition to their own moving papers.

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