Published: Jan 1997
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The litigation explosion in this country and the ever increasing refusal to accept personal responsibility for ones' own actions has resulted in an increased number of law suits in the sports arena. In addition to manufacturers of football equipment, schools, coaches, and leagues are now being sued. Everyone involved with the sport is exposed. Reduction of injury potential and severity is both good practice and good management in this litigation prone era. The paper discusses ways to reduce injuries and exposure including: better coaching, comprehensive reviews of facilities and programs, proper training of coaches and staff, better and stricter officiating, and proper protective gear, and warnings and instructions. The need for proper and consumer oriented information on the risk of a particular sport to the athlete and his or her family is also stressed. Finally, the role of the technical community in reporting on and reducing sports injuries is analyzed.
risk, safety, legal issues, litigation, misuse, products liability, leagues, schools, coaches, coaching, training, facilities, officiating, protective gear, football
Esquire, Boston, MA