FILE - This combination of photos shows Dr. Richard Strauss, left, from a 1978 Ohio State University employment application, and Michigan State doctor Dr. Larry Nassar, right, during a Nov. 22, 2017 plea hearing in Lansing, Mich. Ohio State is investigating accusations against Strauss, a former team physician at the school, only months after Nassar was convicted and imprisoned for molesting women and girls. Some schools are exploring whether more oversight is needed for figures in such powerful positions. (Ohio State University and AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

College sports doctors under new scrutiny amid scandals

June 24, 2018 - 10:31 pm

The role of sports doctors is under increased scrutiny amid recent allegations of sex abuse.

Ohio State is investigating accusations against a former team physician only months after the trial of Larry Nassar, the Michigan State doctor imprisoned for molesting women and girls.

The fallout has led some physicians to ramp up the use of medical chaperones, or medical staff who monitor exams.

Purdue University says it's crafting a rule requiring the practice, following a similar update at Michigan State last year.

Athletic trainers are also getting new education on how to spot and report abuse.

Some experts say team doctors often have a mix of power and access to athletes that can be ripe for abuse.

Groups that represent team doctors denounce abuse but say the cases are outliers.

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