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Train the trainers: Maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry
Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal
  • Joachim Dietrich, Bond University
  • Patrick Keyzer, La Trobe University
  • Ian R. Coyle, Bond University
  • Kevin Norton, University of South Australia
  • Betul Sekendiz, Central Queensland University
  • Veronica Jones, Bond University
  • Caroline Finch, Federation University Australia
Date of this Version
1-1-2014
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Journal Article
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Dietrich, J., Keyzer, P., Coyle, I.R., Norton, K., Sekendiz, B., Jones, V., & Finch, C.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), 89-106.

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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.

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Joachim Dietrich, Patrick Keyzer, Ian R. Coyle, Kevin Norton, et al.. "Train the trainers: Maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry" Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 89 - 106 ISSN: 1833-8852
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/patrick_keyzer/75/