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A Muddied Industry: Growth, Injuries, and Legal Issues Associated With Mud Runs — Part I

Young, Sarah J. Ph.D., CPRP; Keiper, Margaret C.; Fried, Gil J.D.; Seidler, Todd Ph.D.; Eickhoff-Shemek, JoAnn M. Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2014 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 31–34
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000037
COLUMNS: The Legal Aspects

Sarah J. Young, Ph.D., CPRP, is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University, where she coordinates the Recreational Sport Management curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also is the associate chair for Instruction and Undergraduate Studies for her department. She has 11 years of experience administering and programming campus intramural sports programs and teaches legal aspects courses to undergraduate and graduate students in sport and recreation.

Margaret C. Keiper is a Ph.D. candidate in sports administration at the University of New Mexico. She also is an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University and director of sales at the West Michigan Sports Commission. One of her research interests is risk management strategies used in extreme fitness activities. She is part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan (MSGM) oversight committee and oversees risk management strategies used for the MSGM.

Gil Fried, J.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Management of Sport Industries through the College of Business at the University of New Haven. He is an attorney by training who has been teaching sport law and sport facility management-related courses for more than 20 years. He regularly serves as a consultant and expert witness in numerous major liability cases involving serious injuries and death.

Todd Seidler, Ph.D., is currently chair of the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico and serves as the executive director of the Sport and Recreation Law Association. He has been teaching graduate courses in Sports Administration for the last 25 years, primarily classes in risk management, legal issues, and sport facility planning and management. He regularly serves as a consultant and expert witness for issues related to planning and running safe facilities and events.

JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, is a professor of exercise science at the University of South Florida. Her teaching and research focus on legal liability and risk management issues in the health/fitness field. She is the lead author of a comprehensive textbook entitled Risk Management for Health/Fitness Professionals: Legal Issues and Strategies. She is an ACSM certified Health Fitness DirectorSM, Health Fitness SpecialistSM, Exercise Test TechnologistSM, and a fellow of ACSM and the former Association for Worksite Health Promotion. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.