Sports Law • Risk Management


August 26, 2010: Deadly Court Side Objects

A few years ago, I was appalled to hear that my former triathlon training buddy was severely injured playing volleyball. I’m sure that you are thinking that she probably twisted her knee or somehow messed up her shoulder. It was nothing as ordinary and commonplace as that. She dove for a ball, crashing head on into a concrete barrier located a few feet outside of the sand volleyball court. Her injuries were so serious that she landed in ICU and she is still suffering the effects of those injuries today, because of the negligence of the volleyball tournament directors and possibly others.
Lessons can surely be learned from this horrible accident.

August 21, 2010: Liability for Deadly Weapons

Every time your sports or recreation organization gives someone the keys to a motor vehicle, you are essentially lending a deadly weapon. Just open any newspaper and the proof is there. Motor vehicles are hitting and killing people even more than guns. Pair a young, old, drunk, buzzed, high, cell-phone talking, texting, eating, distracted or depressed driver with a motor vehicle and hope that everyone in the car and all that come close survive. If you gave the driver permission to drive your car and someone is injured or killed because of that driver’s negligence, you might find yourself or your organization on the wrong end of a lawsuit.

August 17, 2010: Emergency Management Planning

Disaster planning is often beyond the scope of what can be done by someone without formal training or experience. Hiring an expert who is trained in emergency management to review your safety and facility plans may be worth the price.

While you must pay for expert advice, there are an increasing number of experts to choose from. Universities are increasingly offering courses and degrees in variations of emergency management. Typical training includes planning for situations involving natural and manmade emergencies.

August 16, 2010: Triathlon Risk Management: Part I---Swimming

Triathlon race directors must necessarily put a tremendous amount of effort in risk management in planning a triathlon. By the same token, each triathlete should have his or her own risk management plan with every training ride, swim or run and every race. Afterall, it is the athlete that has to endure the outcome of any injury or accident, which will certainly impact his or her ability to continue training and racing. This is part 1 of a series of blogs on triathlon risk management. The following are some guidelines for triathletes who wish to manage their risk in training and competing in the swim portion of the event.

August 11, 2010: Parking Lot Risk Management

In my law practice, I have a surprising number of cases that involve parking lot motor vehicle accidents. I have also noticed that in the last 3 years, since I’ve been walking to work several times per week, which involves walking through various parking lots, that there are many hazards. What does this have to do with sports and recreation? If you are a facility owner or manager, you have probably figured this out. With every sports and recreation facility there are parking lots for patrons to park.

August 5, 2010: Extreme Sports Risk Management

Extreme sports risk management is not a new sport involving assessing risk while rappelling down a mountain. What I’m talking about is risk management for extreme sports, such as skateboarding, surfing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, bungee jumping and many other popular adventure sports that seemingly involve more risk than traditional sports, such as baseball, tennis and volleyball. One of the goals that we have at Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC is to focus on extreme sports just as much or more than we do on traditional sports, because we feel that this segment of sports and recreation is underserved and is growing.