Train the trainers: maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry

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Dietrich, Joachim, Keyzer, Patrick, Coyle, Ian R., Norton, Kevin, Sekendiz, Betul, Jones, Veronica and Finch, Caroline F.. 2013. "Train the trainers: maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry." Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal. 8 (1), pp. 89-106.
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Train the trainers: maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry

ERA Journal ID35414
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDietrich, Joachim (Author), Keyzer, Patrick (Author), Coyle, Ian R. (Author), Norton, Kevin (Author), Sekendiz, Betul (Author), Jones, Veronica (Author) and Finch, Caroline F. (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal
Journal Citation8 (1), pp. 89-106
Number of Pages18
Year2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1833-8852
Web Address (URL)https://anzsla.com/content/australian-new-zealand-sports-law-journal
Abstract

A recent comprehensive survey of fitness industry professionals shows that there is a lack of confidence amongst members of the fitness industry about the quality of training necessary to obtain fitness qualifications. This is concerning given that legal liability in negligence is determined by reference to the standards of a reasonably competent person possessing particular qualifications. Injuries incurred during fitness activities may lead to legal liability if the standard of reasonable care is not met. Fitness professionals who are not adequately trained are more likely to fail to meet standards of reasonable competence. Case law demonstrates the importance of fitness professionals being knowledgeable and well-trained in their field of expertise to avoid legal liability arising.

Keywordsfitness industry; fitness professionals; Australia; Australian; standards; training
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350405. Sport and leisure management
480104. Labour law
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© Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and contributors, 2014.

Byline AffiliationsBond University
La Trobe University
Department of Psychology
University of South Australia
Central Queensland University
Federation University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Funding source
Australian Research Council (ARC)
Grant ID
LP120100275
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