Risk Management for Recreation Professionals

An Introductory Course focusing on Negligence and Risk Management

Instructor: Dr. Ian McGregor, President of ‘SportRisk’

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Who is Course aimed at?

This is an ‘introductory’ course and as such is aimed primarily at new Recreation professionals who need to (a) understand the basic principles of negligence and legal liability, and (b) know how to apply simple risk management planning skills to their job situation.  For more seasoned professionals, the course provides a refesher on the legal principles surrounding negligence, and the benefits of a simple risk management planning process.

Course Goal

The primary goal of this online course is to increase staff awareness in the area of Negligence, Legal Liability and Risk Management, and provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to reduce the risk of participant injury – and the potential of negligence litigation.

Course Description

This course explores Negligence Liability and the Risk Management planning process. Students will learn the critical concept of Reasonable Standard of Care and how this impacts and guides all risk management planning efforts. By the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of the concept of negligence as it applies to the area of sport and recreation, and will acquire valuable risk management planning tools and the skills necessary to develop and implement a simple risk management plan for their work situation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the key negligence liability issues facing the Recreation field today
  2. Apply the ‘Reasonable Person’ test to a variety of real life scenarios, based on the concept of ‘Standard of Care’
  3. Recognize situations which have potential for injury (and litigation), and know what to do about it
  4. Use the risk management planning process to develop effective Risk Management plans
  5. Develop an audit checklist to use to assess the risks in your program and/or facility
  6. Develop a prioritized Risk Management Action Plan based on the risks identified in your audit.

Course Length

4 week course is divided into two main sections:
(a) Negligence Liability and (b) Risk Management

  • In weeks 1-2, the focus is on negligence in the recreation and sport setting
  • In weeks 3-4, the risk management planning process becomes the focus

Course work and assignments should take approximately 3-5 hours per week.

Course Features

  • Online format means students work at their own speed, in their own time
  • Webinars used to deliver online ‘lectures’ – also incorporate student Q&A
  • Small class size maximizes class interactions
  • Course participants establish a network with colleagues from across N. America
  • Results-oriented assignments are based on real department situations
  • ‘Certificate of Completion’ issued to all participants who successfully complete the course (you must complete 100% of each week’s assignments)
  • One (1) CEU credit available through the NIRSA Registry!

Course Text

SportRisk: Risk Management Planning Resource by Dr. Ian McGregor.

Course Outline

Upcoming Course:

Next Course:  Nov 13 –  Dec 8, 2017 

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Fee: $475 USD




To get more information contact Ian McGregor directly at mcgregor@sportrisk.com

Our department profited greatly by having multiple staff go through the online course. We have long felt that risk management best practices are so pervasively important to all our programs and facilities that it only made sense that our staff members with unique oversight and management of these areas take part in the course. The take-away from this approach has been a unified understanding of the nature of risk management of campus recreation on a macro level with a much more refined appreciation of application within their areas of specialization.

George M. Brown

Director of University Recreation
The University of Alabama

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