Player Safety in Youth Sports: Sportsmanship and Respect As an Injury-Prevention Strategy

Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall 2011

University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-11

28 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2011 Last revised: 6 Feb 2012

Douglas E. Abrams

University of Missouri School of Law

Abstract

Preventing avoidable injury is the first obligation of adults who conduct and supervise youth sports events. The law plays only a limited role because lawsuits occur only after the injury. As the behavior of many parents and coaches has deteriorated, national youth sports governing bodies have produced materials that cast adults as role models and urge them to teach and practice sportsmanship and respect. These bodies should now recast these useful citizenship-based adult-education materials to stress also that adherence to sportsmanship and respect helps prevent injuries that can occur when adults acting irresponsibly neutralize national safety standards. Protective equipment is designed and playing rules are conceived with sound medical advice at the national level, but young athletes wear equipment and compete at the local level.

Keywords: sportsmanship, youth sports, high school sports, safety, sports

Suggested Citation

Abrams, Douglas E., Player Safety in Youth Sports: Sportsmanship and Respect As an Injury-Prevention Strategy. Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall 2011; University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1807404

Douglas E. Abrams (Contact Author)

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