Right... I agree to an extent and I am assuming that this "internal injury" was NOT a concussion in your example (correct me if I am wrong)... but what IF something would have happened while participating in this "not so much full participation?" I believe you are an official (or former?) so would you consider the game to have officially started in this instance? And with that, would it hold in a court of law that according to the rules of the game, she did not participate in an official competition, regardless of the level of activity and events surrounding it?Been there, done that associated with an internal injury of a child of mine.
We decided, with advice from doctors that our child was at a greater risk riding in the car to their follow-up medical appointments than they were walking onto the floor, being handed the ball, hoisting that ball into the basket (took three tries), and walking off the floor.
The Rule/Law is in place to protect the kids, that we all can agree on...... However, this Rule/Law was written because players were returning to full participation before they were medically ready. Nobody with a lick of true common sense would associate what happened here with full participation.....
.....that is unless they can provide credible research that has ties further catastrophic injury associated with acts such as these.
No one is saying it wasn't a kind and wonderful gesture. I think MANY, including myself, like to see the positive outcome and hope for humanity in situations like these. But that doesn't change the inherent risk and potential fallout IF it had gone sideways.
I also don't think by any means that anything should be done about it after the fact. We are simply discussing the potentiality of risk and the fact that it did technically break state law. IF something had happened during this seemingly harmless and innocuous gesture, there would be a lot of people that would need to be held accountable.