Top Five Legal Liability Risks Facing Fitness Managers
Top Five Legal Liability Risks Facing Fitness Managers

Top Five Legal Liability Risks Facing Fitness Managers: Lessons Learned from Negligence Cases 


Presented by JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, professor emeritus, Exercise Science at the University of South Florida and president of the Fitness Law Academy, LLC, is an internationally known author and speaker. For more than 35 years, her teaching and research have focused on fitness safety, legal liability, and risk management issues. Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek is the lead author of a comprehensive legal/risk management text, Law for Fitness Managers and Exercise Professionals, and is the co-author of another textbook, Rule the Rule of Workplace Wellness Programs, published in 2020 and 2021, respectively. She currently serves as the Fitness Safety Columnist for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. 

Summary: Although fitness managers face many legal liability risks, this webinar will focus on five that appear to be the most common based on negligence lawsuits, such as failing to properly (a) hire, train and supervise fitness instructors (b) maintain exercise equipment, (c) manage facility risks, (d) carryout an Emergency Action Plan and follow AED statutes, and (e) comply with data privacy/security laws. Negligence cases involving these legal liability risks and the “take away” lessons fitness managers can learn from these cases will be described.    

Learning Objectives:  

Attendees will be able to: 

  1. Identify five common legal liability risks facing fitness managers. 
  2. Describe how legal liability risks led to negligence lawsuits. 
  3. Implement effective strategies that can minimize legal liability risks.  

ACSM does not allow substitutions, refunds or credits for this course.  

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