Sports, Fitness and the Law: North American Perspectives

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Margery Jean Holman, Dick Moriarty, Janice Evelyn Forsyth
Canadian Scholars' Press, 2001 - Law - 263 pages

Every athlete, coach, sport administrator and official in North America is now subject to the complexity of laws and administrative regulations that govern sports and fitness activity. Lawsuits arise from injuries to athletes and to participants. Defective equipment or faulty medical treatment can lead to costly litigation. Lawyers are like athletes: they love to compete, and to win.

Written by professionals, with expertise specific to their topics, this book gives athletes, coaches and sport officials the information they need to avoid litigation and to protect themselves in case of a lawsuit. The book is designed to give non-lawyers a practical understanding of the law - the authors present a straightforward discussion of a number of cases, so as to help the reader identify the legal issues and understand the reasoning of the court. Armed with this information from both U.S. and Canadian case law the reader will reduce the likelihood of a lawsuit, and increase the chances of winning one if legal action is taken.

Specialized topics include: the role of the teacher and the coach; the legal responsibilities of the meet director; mandatory drug testing; amateur sports and the rights of the disabled; AIDS and sports; and gender equality. The section edition adds discussion of several topical areas of concern, including risk management for triathlon directors, and alternative dispute resolution.

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