Lack of Recreational Supervision Causes Serious Gymnastics Injury


This case involves a 12-year old boy who sustained a serious injury while practicing gymnastics. The plaintiff was participating in gymnastics, and while he used the Balance Beam, the equipment collapsed. The plaintiff sustained serious injuries as a result of the accident. Prior to the plaintiff’s accident, the children were allowed to set up the equipment, but the equipment was not checked or prepared by adults coaching or supervising on the day of this incident.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • Do gymnastics facilities require a coach or supervising adult to ensure that the students have properly arranged the equipment?

Expert Witness Response E-004686

I have worked in the gymnastics industry for over 30 years as a coach and a judge. I am very familiar with the procedures that must be adhered to in order to ensure that all equipment is properly setup and checked. I have coached students at all levels, from pre-school to elite competitors. I am also an internationally certified judge and hold a safety certification from USA Gymnastics.

Expert Witness Response E-001352

It certainly sounds like protocol was not followed here. As an adjunct professor and former professor and administrator at a university, I have been involved with recreation and sports for the past thirty years. I have been involved in many gymnastic safety symposiums and my teaching and research duties focused on safety and risk management. Also, I am certified as a recreation administrator, with recreational experience at all levels.

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