JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, is a professor and the coordinator of the Exercise Science program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek's research focuses on legal liability and risk management issues in the health/fitness field. She is the lead author (coauthors are David Herbert, J.D., and Daniel Connaughton, Ed.D.) of a new text entitled Risk Management for Health/Fitness Professionals: Legal Issues and Strategies that will be released by the publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, in October 2008. Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek is the legal columnist and an associate editor of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® and is ACSM Health/Fitness Director® certified, ACSM Exercise Test TechnologistSM certified, and a Fellow of ACSM.
David L. Herbert, J.D., is the senior member of David L. Herbert & Associates, LLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Canton, OH. He is coeditor of The Exercise Standards and Malpractice Reporter and The Sports Medicine Standards and Malpractice Reporter. He is an author or coauthor of 20 books, numerous book chapters, and more than 500 articles on the subject of negligence and malpractice, risk management, standards and guidelines, and health and fitness facility law and trial practice. He is a frequent presenter to health, fitness, and sports medicine groups including ACSM. He is a trustee of the National Board of Fitness Examiners, a member of the Defense Research Institute, and a member of the American, Ohio, and Stark County (Canton, OH) Bar Associations.
Daniel Connaughton, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management at the University of Florida where he teaches and conducts research in the area of sport law and risk management. He received a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences and an M.S. in Recreational Studies from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Physical Education (Administration) from Bridgewater State College, and his Doctorate in Sport Administration from the Florida State University. Dr. Connaughton is a Fellow with the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and has won numerous teaching awards. Finally, he is ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor® certified and the holder of numerous other professional certifications. Dr. Connaughton has served as an expert witness and legal consultant on many sport- and fitness-related lawsuits.