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Legal Aspects of Sports Medicine: Turning Knowledge Into Action (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Zachary K. Winkelmann, PhD, SCAT, ATC and Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

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Financial: Susan Yeargin has been a consultant for legal firms. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no other financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Susan Yeargin is an advisory board member for the Korey Stringer Institute. She is also an employee at the University of South Carolina. She has no other competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Zachary Winkelmann is an employee for MedAthlete Solutions LLC. He receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no other financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Zachary Winkelmann is a volunteer member for the CAATE and for the NATA Foundation. He is also an employee at the University of South Carolina. He has no other competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 117 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from those of standard MedBridge courses.

At the foundation of sports medicine are providers seeking to protect and maintain the wellness of those involved in physical activity and sport. Being a healthcare provider in a sports medicine setting is fraught with risk because of the immediate and emergency care required that may differ from care in other settings. To exacerbate the issue, practitioners may not realize how their knowledge limitations, clinical care decisions, or inaction could result in legal proceedings.

This webinar aims to examine legal terms and analyze previous cases specific to sports medicine. Attendees, such as physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and others working in sports medicine settings, will be able to review common errors cited in case law as a foundation for making actionable changes to one's practice. We will encourage attendees to familiarize themselves with strategies to mitigate potential litigation risks.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine legal terms relevant to sports medicine
  • Analyze previous cases to identify common errors in clinical care
  • Apply case law to clinical practice in a variety of sports medicine settings
  • Implement risk management tools to decrease sports medicine errors during clinical care

Meet Your Instructors

Zachary K. Winkelmann, PhD, SCAT, ATC

Dr. Zachary Winkelmann is a clinical assistant professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at The University of South Carolina. Currently, Zachary is the coordinator of clinical education for the postprofessional MS in advanced athletic training program. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran University in 2013, his master's degree from Indiana State…

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Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

Susan Yeargin is an associate professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina. She serves on NATA's pronouncements and research committees. She was a task force member and author of the "Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics" and a coauthor of the recent NATA position statement update on exertional heat illnesses. She…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Legal Terminology

Legal terms relevant to sports medicine will be described. Contract law about hosting and providing care at sporting events will be covered. Particular focus will be given to the elements of tort law.

2. Case Law: Prevention

Specific cases in which legal proceedings have resulted following a sports-related emergency/injury will be reviewed. Key elements that relate to preventive measures will be highlighted in each case.

3. Case Law: Management

Specific cases in which legal proceedings have resulted following a sports-related emergency/injury will be reviewed. Each case will highlight key elements that relate to the immediate management of the emergency/injury.

4. Risk Mitigation Solutions

Solutions that focus on personal and professional risk mitigation will be discussed. Personal mitigation can include understanding employment contracts and the state practice act. Professional mitigation examples include administrative documents, such as emergency action plans and policy and procedure manuals, and practical applications, such as field safety checks and documentation.

5. Question and Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by the instructor.

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