In the final article of a three-part series on Internet personal training/coaching, the authors present situations that can create legal liability exposures for Internet coaches, and strategies that can help minimize liability.
JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor and 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 legal columnist and an associate editor for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® and a member of the program planning committee for ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek is ACSM Health/Fitness Director® certified and ACSM Exercise Test TechnologistSM certified and a Fellow of ACSM.
Carrie J. White, MBA, J.D., is an assistant professor and department chair in the School of Business Administration at West Liberty State College. She has 20 years experience as a fitness trainer and is a legal consultant in the area of fitness liability. Carrie writes and presents nationally for personal training professionals in the area of protection from liability.
This column provides general legal information and is not intended to substitute for individualized legal advice.