Sports Law • Risk Management

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March 2, 2011: What Do the Best Sports and Recreation Facilities Do to Provide Safe Facilities?

Sports and Recreation Facilities benefit by maintaining safe facilities. By doing so, there are less injuries, insurance claims and lawsuits. Athletes and participants that use safe facilities enjoy fewer injuries and are able to play and compete season after season. Those who use safe facilities grow to trust that management/directors are taking steps to ensure the safety of all patrons. This increases membership, attendees, clients, participants and clientele. It also boosts reputation and lowers insurance premiums.

February 27, 2011: Adventure and Extreme Sports Safety Rule #1

The movie 127 Hours attracted me and repelled me at the same time. I was looking forward to watching the gripping story of Aron Ralston cutting a portion of his own arm off in order to free himself from a boulder that had trapped him for days in a remote canyon in Utah. On the other hand, I was not looking forward to watching the agony that he had to endure---and the blood---when he had to amputate his own arm in order to save his life. The message that I took from the movie was that if he had told someone---anyone---where he was going, he may have been rescued and possibly, might have saved his arm.

February 24, 2011: Mascot Risk Management

Mascot related injuries are a common occurrence, but likely ignored during risk management planning. The latest incident occurred at Vanderbilt University yesterday when mascot, Mr. Commodore, was crowd surfing at a basketball game. After Mr. C was let down, he put his hand on a young man’s shoulder and then, probably accidentally, knocked him in the face with his large costumed hand. The young spectator sustained a bloody nose from this incident, but was not seriously injured.

February 20, 2011: Wrestling with the Issue of Boys vs. Girls on the Mat

It is unfortunate that Joel Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore, had to make the decision of whether it was right for him to wrestle a girl when matched against Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman. He decided that it was not appropriate and that it was against his faith for him to engage the girl on the mat in the state wrestling tournament. As I see it, few young men would have the courage to assert their moral beliefs publically and give up the opportunity to wrestle in a championship event. On the other hand, Cassy was courageous and skilled enough to wrestle against boys and get as far as the state tournament. These kids are both winners.

February 10, 2011: Air Quality Risk Management for Ice Skating Rinks

Do you ever turn on the engine of your car while your garage door is shut? Of course not. It’s common knowledge that breathing the fumes from your vehicles’ engine in a closed environment will kill you. Then, why do some ice rinks run their poorly maintained ice resurfacing machines in a closed environment without proper ventilation? The consequence of this recently came to light when scores of people were sent to the hospital after inhaling dangerous fumes in incidences in Ohio and Florida.

February 9, 2011: Car Surfing is Not an Extreme Sport

Have you seen a YouTube video showing someone “car surfing”? This stunt involves riding on or hanging on a moving vehicle, and most often results in death, serious injury and property damage. Just because the word “surfing” is used to identify this activity, it is not an extreme or adventure sport and should never be promoted as one. A 2008 incident in which the 18-year-old “surfer” died and the driver of the vehicle was convicted of vehicular homicide is a good example of why there is no recreational benefit to this activity whatsoever.