How can a coach prevent being sued for negligence?

Many documents and credentials are beneficial for keeping a coach from being sued for negligence. For example, it's always a good idea to have an athlete or his or her parent or guardian sign an assumption of risk document. This document informs them of the risk their son or daughter could encounter while playing a particular sport

It would also be in your best interest to become CPR/first aid certified so you know what to do in an emergency situation. Another credential that would be beneficial is to become a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). With this certification you will know how to safely and effectively train your athletes.

Attending all coaching clinics is always a good idea because it keeps you informed on techniques, drills, and important safety information, such as concussion management.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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