Title

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

Date of this Version

1-1-2014

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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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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Copyright © Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and contributors, 2014.

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ISSN

1833-8852

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.

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