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08-16-2009, 11:44 AM
I hope you can help me with this question.I know that Travis Bell has worked with lots of athletes over the years,and had great results.
Have you ever had a kid hurt themself in the weightroom,then come back and try to sue the school? We have not had this problem,but have heard(rumor)that another local school might have a lawsuit in the working.Were talking on a high school level here.
Such and such a kid had the potential to play college ball,but got hurt in weightroom,thus he could not play for the up-coming season,losing his chance to get recruited.Parents are mad,and turn around and sue school because of what happened.
Anybody ever run into this?
08-16-2009, 11:49 AM
Do you get legal waivers from this kid's parents?
08-16-2009, 11:58 AM
I do for the kids at the school I work with,this is a rival school.Wanted to know if any of you have ever ran into a problem like this,or have heard of anything along these lines?
08-16-2009, 12:14 PM
Great question Ryan.
I personally have never had this happen to myself (private business) but to ensure I'm protected, my business is registered as an LLC and I am connected with a very well known business lawyer
I also have waivers that the athletes have to sign before they begin training with me, but you always have to keep in mind that lawyers can always find a way around that stuff and still end up suing you.
At the highschools that I contract out to, I've never had a problem. You need to know your area though and make sure you personally are protected. I'm always covered under the school though because the athletes always have to sign a sports waiver because more times than not, they'll get injured in season (especially football)
When someone sues a school over something like this, they have to prove that the coach/supervisor acted in a way that actively contributed to the student's injury. Even in the weight room. It can be difficult at best to prove, although I'm sure there have been some instances.
The other thing that helps is knowing your parents. I keep a good relationship ongoing with all the parents I come in contact with so as to keep my reputation as one that I treat people fairly.
Best advice though is to keep an eye on your kids in the weight room. If you're the coach, make sure they are using good form and don't let them put too much weight on. Sometimes the kids will argue with you about it, but I always establish early on that arguments regarding form and weights are not tolerated.
08-16-2009, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the prompt reply Travis,excellent advice.
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