Expertise DescriptionI have over 25 years experience in the field of Physical Education, Athletics, Sports and Recreation. My expertise includes sports, exercise, fitness activities and equipment; facilities operation; sport finance; sport governance; sport law; sport management; sport marketing; sport sociology; facility design including skate parks, aquatic parks, swimming pools, hot tubs / saunas / steam rooms, campus recreational sport facilities, parks / recreational areas; golf courses; and coaching and training. I have more than 20 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Aquatic Facility Issues; Basketball Injuries; Baseball Injuries; Bleacher Accident/Injuries; Coaching Malpractice; Crowd Management Issues; Diving Injuries (shallow water entry accidents, diving boards, starting platforms); Duty to warn/Adequacy of warnings; Equipment Safety Issues; Facility Safety Issues; Flooring Injuries; Football Injuries; Inflatable Bouncing Equipment; Inline Skating Injuries; Negligent Supervision (coaches, fitness/personal trainers, lifeguards, physical education teachers).
My consulting services include: Aquatic Facility Safety; Equipment Recommendations and Sizing; Facility Planning and Design (Nonprofits, schools, colleges, and universities, etc); Feasibility Studies; Risk and Safety Assessments and Audits (athletics, fitness, physical activity and education, recreation and sports facilities); Risk Management Strategies; Signage and Warnings; Sports Injury Liability and Prevention.
I am a risk management safety expert in the areas of fitness, recreation, and sport. I am an aquatic, fitness, recreation, and sport risk management consultant. My expertise is in activity programming, equipment, and facilities, and overall risk and safety management. I have operated aquatic and fitness facilities in the private and public sectors and on university campuses. I have coached high school and collegiate sports as well as officiated high school and college football. I have taught in higher education for the past 45 years specializing in – facility planning and design, and aquatic, coaching, fitness, and sport management. I have also published numerous risk management articles and law briefs related to the above fields. I have also written two articles that appeared in a state and national professional journal related to concussions and how they should be handled. Finally, I have worked for attorneys for the past 20+ years. I have prepared reports, given depositions, testified in court, and have worked for the plaintiffs and defendants.
I have experience operating private and public fitness facilities. Many of my former students currently either own or operate health and fitness programs. I am very familiar with safety issues surrounding health and fitness clubs and equipment used in these facilities.
I have worked recent cases in New Jersey related to baseball and am currently working on two cases on baseball injuries – one a collegiate ball player and another a youth playing at a multi-field complex. I have coached youth and college baseball. I’ve also published numerous risk and safety management articles related to all of the above fields. Further, I have written 12 textbooks and two specifically related to facility planning and design and facility management. I have prepared reports, given depositions, testified in court, and have worked for the plaintiffs as well as defendants.
I have provided coaching seminars across the state of Indiana and have talked about concussions and the evaluation protocols that should be used by coaches and/or athletic trainer. I have also published numerous risk and safety management articles related to all of the above fields as well as a recent article on concussion in high school football in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s quarterly magazine.
If an investigator could take pictures of the sauna’s exterior and interior including all warning signage, controls (timer and thermostats), I can use the photos to determine any issues related to the user.
I had a case in Lakeland, FL just south of Tampa last year were a man used the sauna and also the steam room and was burned severely.
|Ed.D.||Higher Education Administration||Virginia Polytechnic Institute|
|M.P.E.||Athletic Administration||Springfield College|
|B.S.||Health||Physical Education and Recreation||Springfield College|
|Former American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer|
|Former American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor Trainer|
|Former National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator and Instructor|
Awards & Affiliation
|Indiana State University's Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award|
|Indiana AHPERD Sports Management Professional Award|
|NASPE Sports Management Outstanding Achievement Award|
|Council on Facilities Management and Equipment|
|Distinguished Scholar Award|
|Safety and Risk Management|
National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE)
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases