The establishment of guidelines for injury waivers in college athletic programs

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Virginia Tech


The purpose of this project was to create guidelines of practice for college athletic directors in creating injury waivers for their departments.

It is the complexity of the different issues concerning the waiver that ledSteve Horton, an Assistant Athletic Director at Virginia Tech to suggest the need for the development of standards for collegiate athletic programs in Virginia (Horton, 1993). However, it is possible for standards to be developed that can be used for any athletic department as long as the users are aware of the applicable laws in their own states. Creation of general guidelines will provide a tool which athletic departments can use in establishing their standard of care to the athletes. The establishment of tangible guidelines may make the use of injury waivers as a defense, more plausible in court