Sports and Law Assessment: Duties of Fitness Instructors to Ensure the Client's Safety

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Sport and Law Assessment

Fitness instructors have a large duty of care and must take many steps required to ensure the utmost safety when it comes to the client/s and to make sure they are not liable for any injuries or accidents. If the steps are fulfilled, this means the instructor has minimised the risk of injury to a client which can result in suing. Fitness instructors and the company of which they work for have a set of rules they must abide to, to ensure client safety and wellbeing. A duty of care is a legal obligation from instructor to client to ensure the utmost safety in any situation. The duty of care for a fitness instructor is: “You must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions, which you can reasonably foresee would likely to injure your neighbour (Client). “ A duty of care exists of personal trainers for their clients because the trainer has an obligation for the care of the client and not harms the client’s health status. For a fitness instructor to minimise all risks of being sued due to negligent behaviour they need to keep up to date, provide information to clients (informed consent), advise clients of alternative programs and avoid risky clients so there well being and health is being looked after. The first step for a fitness instructor to carry out on a client is pre exercise questionnaires, which provides the fitness instructor with knowledge of what level of fitness a client is at, and what fitness can be carried out before creating a program so the clients health will not be affected by doing activities too strenuous, and if strenuous activity occurs and an injury is the result the instructor is then liable. The duty of care that is necessary for a fitness instructor is to ensure and minimise the risks of client/s being injured in any health way. By law if a fitness instructor gets a client to do an activity which leads to an injury either long term or short term the fitness instructor is then in a lot of trouble and can be...
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