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Michael G. Dolan, Dan Connaughton, and Milledge Murphey

Column-editor : Thomas W. Kaminski

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Lynne P. Gaskin

This study determined what the courts have said regarding the condition of equipment and facilities in physical education, athletic, and intramural programs and developed guidelines to assist sport managers. Four trends emerged from the study: (a) In comparison with the 14 equipment cases, the larger number of 60 facility cases is significant, (b) The number of reported cases based on the doctrine of governmental immunity did not decrease through the years, as was anticipated, but remained relatively constant within and across the decades, (c) The number of equipment and facility cases supports the observation that America is becoming an increasingly litigious society. (d) Generally neither age, role, sex of the injured party, nor the sport or activity within which the injury occurred would appear to influence the decision of the court. Court decisions consistently have been based on the presence or absence of the four elements necessary to prove negligence and the legal principle applied. Guidelines were extracted from the cases.

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Sports Medicine Legal Digest is available online at www.nata.org/news-publications/publications/sports-medicine-legal-digest . The Digest is a quarterly digital magazine covering legal and ethical issues relevant to athletic trainers. In the cover story, a lawyer explains medical negligence and

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John J. Miller

the book to find out the meaning of a particular phrase or a term. Chapter 4 introduces the concept of negligence as well as highlights court decisions that impact sport organizations. Chapters 5–7 explain the changing roles of athletic administrators, coaches, and officials. As presented in Chapter 4

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John Miller and Todd Seidler

actual transcript of the sport-related case may be found on Nexus Uni (formerly Lexis Nexus) or Westlaw Campus Research. Although the cases deal with legal issues in sport often pertaining to negligence, Title IX, hazing, or Americans with Disabilities Act, the instructor may choose any area of legal

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Elizabeth A. Taylor and Amanda Paule-Koba

the inclusion of topics such as sexual violence within their courses, although they did not necessarily assess student learning of the material. For example, Participant D discussed how she pitched the creation of new class, risk management, because she wanted to talk about, “negligence and

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Chrysostomos Giannoulakis

can comprehend how risk is identified, insured, monitored, reduced, treated, and evaluated. Since litigation against sport organizations is most often due to negligence, presenting the information in this order not only makes sense but also creates a better understanding of an area vital to sport

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Makena R. Lynch, Leeann M. Lower-Hoppe, Shea M. Brgoch, James O. Evans, Richard L. Bailey, Mark Beattie, Moetiz Samad, and Ashley Ryder

current study involved multiple causes of action (i.e., battery, negligence) and defenses (i.e., self-defense, consent, assumption of risk, comparative negligence) focused on tort law due to its prominence in sport. Students self-assess the extent to which they understand these concepts, whether through

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Vinu Selvaratnam

LeBron James and Mark Cuban did not hold back on letting Manfred know that his decision was wrong and disgraceful. One Astros season ticket holder filed a lawsuit for breach of contract, negligence, and a violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act to show his contempt for the league ( Bengel