The world of sport is no different. More and more people are bringing legal actions against people for sports injury when they believe they have wronged, on and off the field of play. It is more important than ever to become aware of what rights and responsibilities you may or may not have as a participant as well as a coach, referee or spectator.
If you are aware of the rights you possess while being involved in a sport then you can know when you have been wronged to the point where it is possible for you to seek redress through the courts. Likewise, it is important to know what legal responsibilities you have, so you can be aware of the risks involved and so reduce the risk of a sports injury claim being brought against you.
It is particularly vital for coaches and people supervising children’s sporting events to go through all the necessary procedures to make the event as safe as possible. Accidents will happen, but whether they were preventable or not will be the question.
It is important to realise that everyone involved in a sporting event owes a duty of care to each other. If your duty of care towards another participant, referee, spectator or coach is broken, a negligence claim can be brought against you and your club.
Coach to Player Responsibility
The most important area is the duty of care owed by the coach or supervisor to the participants. To assist you, these are 9 ways as a coach you can minimise the risk of a sports injury claim being brought against you.