An analysis of court decisions involving injuries to participants and spectators in youth sport activities

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Herbert Thomas Appenzeller (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Swanson

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to review and analyze judicial decisions involving injuries to participants and spectators in youth sport activities. For this research, youth sport activities are those adult-organized sport programs that are conducted outside of the school setting. The number of court cases is limited but the decisions have been significant. The study demonstrates that no area of youth sport is immune from the threat of a lawsuit as administrators, coaches, officials, national, state and local organizations have all been involved in litigation. The number and frequency of cases appear to be increasing and there appears to be a trend to settle cases out of court. Recent decisions place a responsibility on those who direct youth sport activities to provide adequate supervision during practice and games and inspect and maintain the environment to insure safe conditions for participants and spectators. A new emphasis has been added for proper instruction and the duty to warn those involved in the youth sport program of inherent risks in the activity.

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Language: English
Date: 1988
Sports injuries
Sports $x Law and legislation
Liability for sports accidents

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