Court decisions in school athletic, physical education, and intramural programs in which the condition of equipment and facilities has been alleged as the proximate cause of injury to participants and spectators

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lynne Pearsall Gaskin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemary McGee

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to determine what the courts have said regarding the condition of equipment and facilities in school-sponsored sport programs, to determine specific trends emerging from the cases, and to develop practical guidelines to assist educators. Each case was analyzed to determine the school-sponsored sport program in which the injury occurred and the age, role, and sex of the injured party, and the sport or activity in which the injury occurred. The legal principle applied by the court and legal precedent established also were considered in ascertaining whether recovery to the injured party was denied or allowed. The courts have given specific direction about equipment and facilities. Both must meet the standards considered usual and customary by the profession, must be inspected regularly, and must be in good repair. Neither participants nor spectators assume the risk of defective equipment or dangerous facilities. While teachers and coaches are not expected to insure the safety of others, both participants and spectators should be able to assume that the condition of equipment and facilities is safe in regard to the intended purpose.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Products liability $x Athletic equipment and supplies
Sports $x Law and legislation

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