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A Muddied Industry: Essential Risk Management Strategies for Mud Run Participants, Race Organizers, and Sponsors — Part II

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

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000058
COLUMNS: The Legal Aspects

Todd Seidler, Ph.D., currently is 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.

Gil Fried, J.D., is a professor and the chair of the Management of Sport Industries Department of 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.

Sarah J. Young, Ph.D., CPRP, is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at IndianaUniversity, 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 sport programs and teaches legal aspects courses to undergraduate and graduate students in sport and recreation.

Margaret C. Keiper, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the physical education and sport department at Central Michigan University where she instructs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. One of her research interests is risk management strategies in extreme fitness activities. She is a part of the Meijer State Games of Michigan (MSGM) oversight committee and oversees risk management strategies for the MSGM. She received her Ph.D. in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico.

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 Director, ACSM Certified Health Fitness SpecialistSM, ACSM-certified Exercise Test Technologist, 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 conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.