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Coverage is based on the terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of your policy. Be sure to read your policy to verify your coverage.
Signed waivers - Every physical activity involves a certain amount of risk of injury. In addition to liability insurance, protect yourself with a waiver signed by every client. These should be crafted in accordance with requirements for your state. Check with your local attorney or industry group for appropriate wording.
Listen to your clients - Without an appropriate screening questionnaire, waivers are not a guaranteed defense. It is vital for you to determine the level of risk that your client may present. Refer high risk clients for medical clearance before starting a program. Check with your certifying organization for their recommended questionnaire.
Proper instruction for use of machines and proper form - Many claims against personal trainers allege that the trainer did not instruct the client on the proper use of the machine or the proper form which resulted in injury. Have the client sign a form indicating that you instructed them on the use of each machine. Perform regular walk-throughs to ensure proper use and also to look for other potentials for injury or tripping hazards in the area.
Avoid high risk exercises - With the growing popularity of more extreme workouts, personal trainers are looking for ways to make their programs exciting and new. However, high risk exercises or those that are beyond your client's abilities come with high injury rates. When an injury occurs, is a jury filled with middle aged individuals or senior citizens going to view your exercise as reasonably safe.
Don't get so physical - Perceived inappropriate or unwanted touching becomes a he-said she-said court battle, and even groundless lawsuits can have a devastating effect on your career.
Avoid acting as a dietitian or endorser of supplements - Diet is such an important component of what you want to include but unless you are a registered dietician, you should not give out meal plans or make individualized nutritional assessments. Legally, only state registered dieticians can provide nutrition counseling. Do not recommend or sell supplements.
Emergency response plan - Even an injury or medical emergency not caused by your negligence can result in a claim against you if you don't give proper aid after the injury or medical emergency. Have a plan and first aid equipment for any medical emergency. If you have the equipment, make sure it works and is properly inspected. Fitness facilities have even been sued for not having a working defibrillator (AED).