1st Edition

Sport, Physical Recreation and the Law

ISBN 9780415321853
Published August 13, 2009 by Routledge
352 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

It is important for anybody involved in sport and physical recreation to be aware of the legal context in which their activity takes place, to develop an understanding of their legal responsibilities and to know what might happen if something goes wrong. Sport, Physical Recreation and the Law is the first textbook on this difficult subject for students and practitioners in sport and physical recreation.

Covering a wide range of legal principles and cases, this textbook introduces the reader to legal systems, terminology, databases and the use of case law. Designed to encourage analysis, reflection and the application of examples and ideas from the reader’s own experience, the book clearly and comprehensively explains key topics such as:

  • socio-legal aspects of sports violence and criminal liability
  • negligence and defences against negligence
  • manslaughter by individuals and organizations in sport
  • principles of natural justice, disciplinary tribunals and doping
  • discrimination, harassment and child protection
  • risk management, statutory duties, and breaches of health and safety
  • criminal liability – recognized sports, hazing, and cage fighting.

Including over 300 exercises, hypothetical scenarios, investigative tasks and seminar activities, this book is an essential course text for all students of sport, recreation and the law, and an invaluable reference for coaches, physical education teachers and those who play, lead or organize sport and physical recreation.

Table of Contents

1. Resources at Your Fingertips: A Guide to Legal Sources, Databases, and Organizations  2. Taking Reasonable Care? Principles of Negligence in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation  3. Defences Against Negligence: Volenti, Contributory Negligence and Two Rugby Cases  4. Sport Violence and Criminal Assault: A Socio-Legal Perspective  5. Discrimination, Harassment and Child Protection in Sport and Physical Recreation  6. Safe in our Hands? Risk Management and Breaches of Health and Safety: Learning From Cases and Incidents  7. Causing Death: An Overview of Selected Manslaughter Cases  8. Natural Justice Principles, Sport Disciplinaries and Key Doping Cases  9. Unfinished Business? Legal Reform on Offences Against the Person: Implications for Sado-Masochism, Sports, Hazing and Cage-Fighting

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Hazel Hartley is a Principal Lecturer and research activist in Sport, Law and Ethics at Leeds Metropolitan University and a former Higher Education Academy Subject Specialist in Sport and the Law. She has more than twenty-five years' experience teaching this subject to students and practitioners.


Although aimed predominantly at non lawyers, its 'user friendly' tried and tested basic information and guidance also has the potential to help law students struggling to cope with basic legal principles in an area of law they have an interest in rather than just one they need to know about. Yvonne Willams The Cambrian Law Review