Legal Issues and Responsibilities

Legal Issues and Responsibilities for group exercise instructors By: Chase Brandner

published on September 16, 20144 responses 1

Some measures to reduce liability risk include using legal forms such as?

waivers
release statements
liability insurance
All of the above

As a group exercise instructor you must provide safety information when using certain equipment.

True
False

Legal liability simply means that one has a legal responsibility for one's acts or omissions, or in other words, the failure to act.

True
False

Any business owner who allows people to enter upon land or into a building is required to provide a reasonably safe environment under theories of?

Good samaritan's act
Lib law
Tort law
Business owners Law

Liability exists as a ___ policy to encourage responsible behavior and to protect the public.

Private
Public
Common
unknown

ACSM's certified professionals maintain ___ professional standards.

No
High
Low
Mediocre

All physical activity invokes risk of injury.

True
False

Some areas of potential exposure for liability include the physical setting where program activity occurs, the equipment used, and the nature and quality of exercise instructional techniques.

True
False

The ACSM and National Strength and Conditioning Association offer industry standards and guidelines relating to matter of facility and equipment ___?

Setup
Inspection
Maintenance
Repair
Signage
All of the above

Everyone that comes to your facility should sign a __?

Informed consent
Release or waiver
All of the above
None of the above

The number one claim against fitness facilities and professionals is for injuries related to?

Falls
Faulty equipment
Sanitation

A professional group exercise instructor's responsibility is to lead ___, ___ group exercise programs that meet standards and guidelines set by professional organizations and other relevant codes, laws, and regulations.

dangerous, ineffective
long, strenuous
safe, effective
short, easy

If an accident happens, but the fitness professional has taken every reasonable step to prevent this accident, the accident will not be considered to be the professional's fault.

True
False

___ claims represent the third area of potential exposure to liability that is seeing growth in the number of claims against personal trainers, but not group exercise instructors.

Dietary advice
Sexual harassment
Medical advice

Most cases today are settled out of court and therefore never actually create case law.

True
False

Factors such as poor fit, excess wear, unsuitability to the activity, and the brand Nike all increase the risk of injury.

True
False

Personal training goals should be taken into consideration when leading group exercise classes.

True
False

When teaching a exercise class you should?

Push them beyond their limits.
Tell them to fight through their fatigue.
Tell them not to over do it.

The workout environment should include?

Loud rap music
Sharp objects
Enough space to move freely
Strobe lights

If you want to use a client's "before and after" pictures for marketing purposes, you should?

Use a alternitive name.
Not ask for their permission
Get a signed release form from them

Most sexual harassment cases involve a female personal trainer and a male client.

True
False

As a group exercise instructor, you must understand ___ before assuming leadership of any exercise classes.

legal issues and responsibilities
peoples emotions

The second leading reason for claims against group exercise instructor's according to insurance providers is injury resulting from equipment use.

True
False

Appropriate clothing and footwear should be comfortable, ___, and allow movement.

Stylish
Breathable
Under armor only
Concealing

As a group exercise instructor you can practice?

Without a license.
Whatever you want.
Only in your scope of knowledge.

Environmental conditions such as air quality, temperature, humidity levels, and other related matters also impact safety, and have resulted in a significant number of claims against fitness professionals.

True
False

Claims related to violations of scope of practice occur most frequently in the area of ___ and involve personal trainers, not group exercise instructors.

Medical advise
Dietary advise
Supplements

If floor surfaces are wet and incapable of correction before the session occurs you should?

Continue with the session anyway
Move or reschedule
Let the participants decide