Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Health Club Waiver Invalidated After Sauna Fire
by John T. Wolohan April 2011
Regular readers of AB already know that for a court to uphold a waiver, it must be written properly.
Blog: This Drill's Name Won't Help You in Court
by Herb Appenzeller February 2011
During a preseason basketball workout at Guilford College, where I served as AD - this was in 1965 - one of our highly touted basketball players collapsed during a conditioning drill. Later that night, our coach, who had been very concerned about the situation, came to see me and let me know that the player had recovered after the "scare" he gave everyone. I asked him what drill was the one that resulted in the player collapsing. He replied, "The Suicide Drill."
School, Coaches Not Responsible for Player's Elbow to Opponent's Head
by John T. Wolohan January 2011
During the second half of a Jan. 2004 basketball game between Iowa Mennonite High School and the Winfield-Mt. Union Community School District, WMU guard Andrew McSorley struck Iowa Mennonite's Jeremy Brokaw in the head with his elbow, knocking him to the court.
High School Loses Retaliation Case
by John T. Wolohan December 2010
One of the ugly truths in high school and college athletics is that there is some number of sexual predators working as coaches. Through long hours of practices and competition, these individuals gain their players' trust and use their positions to either sexually harass or abuse the young athletes under their supervision.
AB Conference: Beware of the Exploding Exercise Ball
by Andrew Cohen December 2010
Attorney Jeffery Long of Sacramento, Calif.-based Prout-LeVangie sees a lot of human suffering in his practice. Speaking at the Athletic Business Conference in San Diego this morning on "How to Avoid a Lawsuit," he listed some of his recent cases -- an exerciser whose trainer dropped weights on his chest, a health club member scalded by steam in the steam room and two gentlemen who landed in the ER with chemical burns after 30 minutes in a spa that (apparently) got accidently super-shocked. At the top of the list? Exploding exercise balls, four cases this year alone.
Catastrophic Football Injury Leads to $8M Settlement
by John T. Wolohan November 2010
Fearing liability for improper supervision, a city hands an injured football player $8 million.
Trainer Shouldn't Have Told Client to 'Push Through' Pain
by John T. Wolohan October 2010
After an apparent workout injury, telling a client to "push through it" is not a trainer's wisest course of action.
Mets Fan Sues Over Broken Bat to the Face
by Michael Popke August 2010
James Falzon is suing the New York Mets (and at least two individual players), Major League Baseball and the maker of Rawlings-brand bats for severe facial injuries he suffered from a flying piece of broken bat three years ago.
Iowa Pool's Underwater Lights Off When Boys Drowned
by Michael Popke July 2010
Two teenagers who drowned at the Pella (Iowa) Aquatic Center last week were swimming at night in a pool that did not have working underwater lights. The Des Moines Register reports that the lights have been shut off for about four years while city officials pursued a lawsuit against the company they claim improperly installed the fixtures.
How to Maintain Surfaces for Safety and Legal Protection
by Paul Steinbach July 2010
Facility managers must remain grounded when keeping their sports surfaces safe, or else they may find themselves in a legal quagmire.