Train the trainers: maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry

Dietrich, Joachim and Keyzer, Patrick and Coyle, Ian R. and Norton, Kevin and Sekendiz, Betul and Jones, Veronica and Finch, Caroline F. (2013) Train the trainers: maintaining standards to minimise injuries and avoiding legal liability in the fitness industry. Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, 8 (1). pp. 89-106. ISSN 1833-8852


A recent comprehensive survey of fitness industry professionals shows that there is a lack of confidence amongst members of the fitness industry about the quality of training necessary to obtain fitness qualifications. This is concerning given that legal liability in negligence is determined by reference to the standards of a reasonably competent person possessing particular qualifications. Injuries incurred during fitness activities may lead to legal liability if the standard of reasonable care is not met. Fitness professionals who are not adequately trained are more likely to fail to meet standards of reasonable competence. Case law demonstrates the importance of fitness professionals being knowledgeable and well-trained in their field of expertise to avoid legal liability arising.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 27174
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and contributors, 2014.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 04:13
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 00:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: fitness industry; fitness professionals; Australia; Australian; standards; training
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1504 Commercial Services > 150404 Sport and Leisure Management
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180118 Labour Law
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Funding Details:

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only