ERIC Number: ED458719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-14
Athletic Liability: Managing Liability in Athletics and Physical Education.
Association of School Business Officials International, Reston, VA.
The trend toward more litigation and higher monetary awards in cases of injury of student athletes is a threat to school athletic programs. This document is a workshop aid for addressing legal issues surrounding student athletic activities, in particular, those involving the safety and health of student athletes, injury prevention, and preparation for litigation should injury occur. A quick comparison is given between preparation for a game and for a lawsuit: the steps are identical. Legal definitions and concepts; transparency samples; an outline of a school's legal duties with respect to statutory, common, and case law; and case histories are provided. Practical methods are also presented in overhead format. Sample materials are offered, including a liability-loss-control assessment, athletic-orientation checklist, acknowledgements of warning by parents and by student, warning of the inherent danger of participating in football, athletic-meeting notification to parents, parental delegation of authority to consent to medical or dental treatment for minor child, college athletic-safety policy statement, and gymnastics-safety guidelines. Also included are a hazard-recognition/area-safety self-inspection format, self-inspection program-implementation outline, and safety checklists for activity and play areas where injuries might occur. (RT)
Descriptors: Athletics, College Athletics, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Legal Responsibility, Physical Education, Prevention
Association of School Business Officials International, 11401 North Shore Dr., Reston, VA 20190. Tel: 703-478-0405; Web site: http://www.asbointl.or.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of School Business Officials International, Reston, VA.
Note: This publication was written with risk management counseling from Gallagher Bassett, Inc., Risk Control Consulting Services.