Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

Preparing Personal Trainers for Client Service – Education, Certification and/or Practical Training?

The fitness industry has been focused on the qualifications of fitness professionals, particularly personal fitness trainers, for many [...]

Avoiding Exercise Equipment Injuries Saves Time, Aggravation and Money

Exercise equipment mishaps account for a frequent source of client injury, as well as client claims and lawsuits.  Many of these cases [...]

Fitness Professionals Alert: Attention to Details Can Avoid Suit

Two relatively recent court decisions point out the need for health and fitness facilities and fitness professionals to not only adopt [...]

Fitness Professionals Beware: First Few Personal Training Sessions Can Lead to Injury and Suit

Personal training services are sometimes offered to new health and fitness facility clients on a free or reduced fee basis at least for [...]

There are Lots of Reasons NOT to Push Clients Too Far – “Rhabdomyolysis” is One

As pointed out many times in this column, a good number of claims and suits are asserted against personal trainers and other fitness [...]

Can Fitness Professionals be Civilly Liable for the Criminal Actions of Employees?

Like any professional sector in this county, the fitness industry, at least occasionally, has to deal with criminal acts committed by [...]

When Releases and Waivers Don’t Work – Thoughts for Fitness Professionals

We have devoted considerable time and space in this column to provide examples of cases filed against fitness professionals, [...]

Daily Inspection of Exercise Band Helps Win Defendant’s Verdict – Upheld on Appeal

While we have examined personal trainer duties and responsibilities in reference to the provision of exercise equipment to clients, a [...]

Emergency Response: Calling 911 – Delay or Failure Can Result in Needless Suit

From a professional perspective, it seems rather clear that personal fitness trainers and other service providers in the fitness [...]

“Suicide Runs” Directed By Personal Trainer Result In Client Injury And Lawsuit

According to the allegations of a recent lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal court, a 61 year old client of a personal trainer [...]

Fitness Equipment And Liability Issues For Personal Trainers

Virtually all fitness professionals, personal trainers included, use fitness equipment in their exercise programs for clients. Such [...]

Providing Personal Training Services Off-Site

locations. In this latter situation, services are sometimes provided in client homes or in/adjacent to mobile fitness vehicles, or [...]

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