Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation: The Essential Guide for Loss Prevention

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Human Kinetics, 2009 - Law - 390 pages
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Sport risk management is a key component of any sport and recreation program. To run a successful program, not only do you have to look after the safety and well-being of your participants, but you also need to protect the best interests of your organization. Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation: The Essential Guide for Loss Preventionprovides all the tools you need in order to design a comprehensive risk management plan that fits the needs of your organization. Written specifically for sport and recreation professionals by an attorney with over 20 years of experience in insurance defense litigation, the book combines information on law, insurance, and sports to give you a complete view of all of the issues involved in assessing, controlling, and financing your risks.

In Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation, you'll find practical explanations of the fundamentals of law and insurance so you can make intelligent decisions regarding your risks. The author uses simple, straightforward language so that even those with a limited background in law, risk management, or insurance can easily learn this essential information. The book features these topics:

-An examination of the three elements of risk management—risk assessment, control, and financing—with a summary of the key issues involved in each element to provide you with the basis for your risk management plan

-An eight-step strategy that simplifies the process of creating a risk management plan and can be used in creating a comprehensive plan for your organization or individual plans for specific sports, activities, or events

-Summaries of published appellate court cases for 14 popular sports and activities to help you better understand sport and recreation law and apply it to your risk management plan

-An overview of legal principles, including contracts, statutes, negligence, and liability, which will help you better prepare to comply with laws and prevent litigation

-Coverage of the insurance claims and litigation processes, which gives you an understanding of each process and detailed information to guide you through each step of the processes

Managing Risk in Sport and Recreationuses actual court cases to help you identify possible risk exposures and improve your risk management plan. The book features court case summaries for 14 popular sports and activities, including basketball, American football, soccer, weightlifting, weight training, and triathlon, as well as specific tips on decreasing risk for each of the sports. An introductory chapter explains how to interpret the appellate court decisions and apply the information to prevent similar incidents from happening in your organization. In addition, a court case summary finder sorts the summaries by general risk issue, such as facilities, players, and hazards, to help you find all the cases applicable to particular incidents and provide a broader perspective of how incidents in one sport may relate to others.

Managing Risk in Sport and Recreationfeatures numerous forms, including incident reports and repair logs; checklists, such as equipment safety and vehicle inspection; documentation strategies; risk management tips; and safety questionnaires for each of the sports covered. This lawyer-created toolkit will help you take the steps to reduce injuries, decrease lawsuits, and pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses in your sport programs. All of the forms and checklists are also reproduced on a CD-ROM included with the book so you can easily print and use them when needed.

Whether you need to develop a comprehensive risk management plan or just examine the potential risks involved in individual sport programs, Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation: The Essential Guide for Loss Preventioncontains everything you need to make the right decisions. The knowledge and tools found in this practical resource will help you create a plan that positions your organization for success.

 

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Contents

Legal principles
13
Insurance Claims and Litigation
31
risk assessment in Sport and recreation
43
rISk aSSeSSMent ForMS
56
risk Control
75
rISk ControL ForMS
88
risk Financing
91
emergency and Disaster planning
99
ICe hoCkey ForMS
242
Soccer
247
SoCCer ForMS
255
Swimming
261
SWIMMInG ForMS
265
Tennis
289
tennIS ForMS
294
Track and Field
299

transportation
109
tranSportatIon ForMS
117
Introduction to SportSpecific
121
aMerICan FootBaLL ForMS
134
Baseball and Softball
145
BaSeBaLL anD SoFtBaLL ForMS
155
Basketball
167
BaSketBaLL ForMS
178
Cycling
183
CyCLInG ForMS
188
Golf
195
GoLF ForMS
211
Gymnastics
225
GyMnaStICS ForMS
229
Ice hockey
237
traCk anD FIeLD ForMS
305
Triathlon
319
trIathLon ForMS
326
Volleyball
337
VoLLeyBaLL ForMS
340
Weightlifting and Weight Training
345
WeIGhtLIFtInG anD WeIGht traInInG ForMS
352
General Forms
363
References and Resources
369
Index
375
Photo Credits
385
About the Author
387
How to Use the CDROM
390
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About the author (2009)

Katharine M. Nohr, Esq, is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling negligence cases for insurance companies, including matters involving sport, premises liability, motor vehicles, and coverage. Ms. Nohr has served as per diem judge for the District Court of the First Circuit for the state of Hawaii as well as an appellate mediator and arbitrator. She is also the owner of Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC, which provides education and consulting.

Ms. Nohr is a certified USA Triathlon official and certified International Triathlon Union official. She currently serves as the Pacific regional coordinator for officials for USA Triathlon and the safety director for the Honolulu Triathlon. Ms. Nohr has served as the chairperson of an appellate panel for USA Triathlon and has taught sport risk management to USA Triathlon race directors.

Ms. Nohr has served on the board of directors and is a former president of the Honolulu Association of Insurance Professionals and former state council director for the National Association of Insurance Women (NAIW). She frequently teaches insurance law seminars and is a certified provider of continuing education credits for property and casualty insurance law and life and health insurance law. She is on the advisory board for the Risk Management Newsletter for Campus Recreation and is also the columnist of The Ball Is in Your Court for that publication.

As an athlete, Ms. Nohr has participated in triathlon, swimming, running, and cycling competitions. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and traveling internationally. Ms. Nohr resides in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

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