Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction

CHAPTER 2: Negligence

1. Why is Negligence such a Big Deal?

  • Our Litigious Society
  • Impact of Increased Litigation on Sport/Recreation

2. Negligence

  • Tort Law
  • What is Negligence?

3. Establishing Liability for Negligence

Step 1: Has there been Negligence?

  • Duty of Care
  • Standard of Care
  • Actual Harm
  • Proximate Cause

Step 2: Liability for Negligence

  • Personal Liability
  • Vicarious Liability
  • Products and Premises/Occupiers Liability

Step 3: Defences against Negligence

  • Contributory Negligence
  • Voluntary Assumption of Risk
  • Waivers

4. Negligence and the Courts

  • The Legal Process
  • What to do in the Event of a Lawsuit

CHAPTER 3: The 5 Key Risk Areas

1. Supervision & Instruction

  • Qualifications & Certifications
  • Supervision Ratios
  • Lesson Plans & Progressions
  • Other Issues worth noting for Supervision and Instruction

2. Training

  • Step 1: Identify types of Training
  • Step 2: Determine Who Needs Training
  • Step 3: Develop Training Grids
  • Step 4: Develop ‘Department Training Grid’

3. Facilities & Equipment

  • Inspection of Facilities and Equipment
  • Maintenance of Facilities and Equipment
  • Inspection and Maintenance Checklists
  • Signage
  • Other issues worth noting for Facilities and Equipment
  • Note on New Facilities
  • New Facility Safety Design Issues

4. Documentation

  • Risk Management Manual
  • Waivers
  • Medical Screening
  • Risk Information

5. Emergency Response Plan

  • Emergency Planning Process:
    Step 1: What needs to be done?
    Step 2: Who is responsible for what?
  • Training
  • Rehearsals/ Drills
  • Equipment
  • Communication

CHAPTER 4: Risk Management Planning

1. Risk Management: What’s it all about?

  • What’s all the Fuss?
  • Defining Risk Management

2. Keeping it Simple

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

3. Determining Risk Profile

  • Risk Matrix approach
  • Risk Rating approach
  • Risk Grid
  • Risk Map
  • Risk Controls and Residual Risk

4. Risk Management Planning

Risk Management Planning: A Three Step Process:

Step 1: Prioritize High Risk Areas

Step 2: Conduct an Audit/ Risk Assessment

Step 3: Develop Action Plans

5. Organizing for Risk Management

  • The Risk Management Committee

6. The Role of Insurance

CHAPTER 5: Special Policy Areas

1. Transportation

  • Four Key Areas (Vehicles; Drivers; Passengers; Emergency Response)

2. Sport Clubs

Key risk management issues for Sport Clubs:

  • Reporting Structure
  • Advisors
  • Sport Club Officers
  • Safety Officers
  • Coaches
  • Travel
  • Hazing
  • Concussion Management
  • Sport Club Council
  • Other

3. Youth Camps

Key risk management issues for Camps:

  • Staffing
  • Supervision & Training
  • Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Documentation e.g. medical information, parental consent
  • Facilities & Equipment
  • Residence Camps
  • Other

4. Disease Control

  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Infectious Diseases

5. Alcohol & Drugs

  • Policies
  • Facility Rentals involving alcohol

6. Event Management

  • Five Key Areas
  • Event Management Checklist

7. Contracts

  • Facility Rental contracts
  • Personal Services contracts

CHAPTER 6: Appendices

Audit checklists; event management checklist; and more

CHAPTER 7: Resources

Comprehensive list of practical resources

I am starting up a brand new Athletic Training department in Campus Recreation and Sport Risk has been a key piece to the development of all of the concussion protocols we have been implementing for our students, staff and club athletes. Ian has been amazing, super flexible and easy to work with. You can easily get a hold of him and he is willing to work with the Sport Risk team to try and make adjustments in the concussion package deal when trying to adapt it specific to your program. I have mentioned SportRisk to many other programs already and look forward to continued use with the SportRisk team!

Jennifer “JP” Pidgeon

Assistant Director of Athletic Training
Campus Recreation & Wellness
East Carolina University

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