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Educational Resources

Law for Fitness Managers and Exercise Professionals

Physical Fitness: Guidelines for Safe and Effective Exercise

Physical Fitness: Guidelines for Safe and Effective Exercise

This 32-page booklet, written by two leading authorities in exercise science will benefit fitness participants and fitness professionals.

1. Benefits for fitness participants:

• Provides instruction on important safety principles

• Includes education on basic fitness concepts

• Presented in a user-friendly format - easy, quick to read and understand

2. Benefits for fitness professionals:

• Provides important information to review with new members/clients during Facility Orientations - a unique benefit to your facility

• Helps minimize legal liability by carrying out your legal duty to provide proper instruction*

• Promotes a "safety culture" in your facility

Rule the Rules of Workplace Wellness Programs, 2nd Edition

• Must have legal resource for professionals who work with workplace fitness/wellness programs

• Authors: Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH and JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D.

• Publisher: American Bar Association, 2021

    • Purchase at: Amazon or American Bar Association

• Check out the Wellness Compliance Institute (WCI -- https://www.wellnessci.org/) for information about a Continuing Education Program that accompanies the Rule the Rules book

Recent Articles: FREE ACCESS

The following “fitness safety” columns, authored or co-authored by Dr. JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek (Dr. JES), were published in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal since January 2020. To obtain “free” access, click on the title of the article. 

  1. Fitness/Wellness Professionals as Social Media Content Creators and Influencers: Health and Legal Risks to Consider (January/February 2023)

  2. Safety Lessons Learned from Strength and Conditioning Negligence Lawsuits (May/June 2023)

  3. Virtual Fitness Programs: Safety and Legal Liability Issues to Consider: Part 1 (January/February 2022)

  4. Virtual Fitness Programs: Safety and Legal Liability Issues to Consider: Part 2 (May/June 2022)

  5. Establishing Safety Policies and Procedures for Fitness Assessments: A Major Responsibility of Fitness Facility Managers (September/October 2022)

  6. HIIT for Clinical Populations: Safety and Legal Liability Issues for Community Fitness Facilities (September/October 2021)

  7. Safety Lessons Learned from the Jimenez Treadmill Case (May/June 2021)

  8. Creating a Safety Culture in Your Fitness Facility: Part 1 (May/June 2020)

  9. Creating A Safety Culture In Your Fitness Facility: Part 2 (January/February 2021)

  10. Top Five Reasons to Make Fitness Safety Priority No. 1 (January/February 2020)

The following “fitness safety” columns will be “free” access 1 year after the publication date.

 

FITT Safety: Focusing on Intensity and Type (September/October 2023)

Conducting a Risk Management Audit of Your Facility's Medical Emergency Action Plan (January/February 2024)

Employer-Sponsored Fitness Facilities and Programs: A New Tool to Assess Injury Risks (May/June 2024) 

Additional Educational Resources -- All are FREE

1.  Featured Articles and Legal Columns (n=33) that Dr. JES authored (or co-authored) covering a variety of legal/risk management topics in

     ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal between 1997 and 2017 can found in full text at: Search Results : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal (lww.com)

2.  Legal Columns (n=20) authored by Dr. Anthony Abbott covering a variety of legal/risk management topics in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal between

     2011 and 2019 can found in full text at: Search Results : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal (lww.com)

3.  Fitness Law Academy Newsletter: “Free” quarterly newsletter – subscribe on the Newsletter page.

4.  Interested in Sport Law? Subscribe to a "free" newsletter (Sports Facilities and the Law) at: https://sportsfacilitieslaw.com

5.  Articles on a variety of legal and risk management topics for fitness managers and exercise professionals also available at: 

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