Sports Law • Risk Management

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Triathlon Risk Management: The USAT Advantage

USA Triathlon, like many national governing bodies of sport provide multi-sports race directors the opportunity to sanction their events for a fee in return for insurance, use of USAT branding, liability waiver form, risk management expertise, inclusion of their race in the athlete ranking system, use of USAT Competitive Rules and enforcement by certified officials, access to educational opportunities and race director certification, and more. What puzzles me is why any race director of a multi-sport race would choose to go it alone without this sanction.

Hockey Dad Accused of Shining Laser at Goalie: The Risks of Lasers in Sport

A hockey Dad allegedly pointed a laser beam into the eyes of the goalie of the opposing hockey team playing his daughter’s high school team in an important game this week. Once his dangerous behavior was observed by the school’s assistant superintendent, she ordered that the man leave the rink. The outcome of the game was not changed even though there was an appeal. The man was charged with disturbing the peace and will have to appear in court to face such charges. On the morning news, I heard that he was or might be charged with assault and battery. This is yet another case in which a parent interferes with his child’s game.

Upholding Olympic Values with Handshakes: Managing the Risk of Spreading Illness

Should Olympic athletes risk the spread of germs and shake hands with other athletes at the Olympic Games in London? Chief medical officer of the British Olympic Association suggested that athletes not shake each others’ hands and was quoted as saying, “At an Olympic Games or any major event the performance impact of becoming ill or even feeling a little bit ill can be significant… Essentially we are talking about minimizing the risk of illness and optimizing resistance. Minimizing exposure and getting bugs into the system and being more robust to manage those should that happen.” The advice of not shaking hands was rejected by the British government and so athletes will be free to shake hands, which is more consistent with the spirit of the Games.

Risk Financing for Tornadoes and Other Weather Disasters

Hopefully, your sports facility did not suffer any damage from the tornadoes that struck Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama this weekend. Standard business owners’ policies provide coverage for damage caused by tornadoes, including physical damage to business property business interruption—reimbursement for lost income.

Breathless CPR: The New Technique for Cardiac Arrest Victims

Sports and recreation organizations and facilities face the challenge of providing first aid to participants and spectators who have medical emergencies. In recent years, AED’s (automatic external defibrillators) have become more common in public places and sports facilities. However, if someone goes into cardiac arrest, even if there is an AED in the vicinity, there may be a need to begin CPR immediately.

Sports Organizations Must Comply with Federal Law Regarding Athlete’s Private Health Information

Any organization that obtains, creates or maintains medical records or information regarding athletes or others is required to adhere to the Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), a Federal law, which went into effect in April of 2003. After 9 years, anyone who seeks medical treatment has become well familiar with the privacy policies of health care providers as such policies are provided in writing for patients’ review and signature before treatment.