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Fitness Law Academy, LLC

Our Mission

Founded in 2013, our mission is to advance the exercise profession by providing educational programs and resources that will help minimize legal liability and enhance fitness safety.

By learning and applying legal concepts and risk management strategies, fitness managers and exercise professionals will be well-prepared to carry out their many legal duties, provide high quality (safe and effective) programs for their participants, and advance the exercise profession. 

Dr. JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek (Dr. JES)

President and Founder

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       The Need for Legal and Risk         Management Education

Many injuries and subsequent negligence lawsuits are due to the lack of legal and risk management education. Too often, academic and certification preparations programs do not adequately provide this important education. 


Did Yo​u Know?

1. A high number of exercise and exercise equipment injuries occur every year. 

2. Given our litigious society, injured parties do not hesitate to file negligence lawsuits against exercise professionals and their employers. 

3. In addition to minimizing negligence lawsuits, fitness managers and exercise professionals need to comply with many federal, state, and local laws that are applicable to the exercise profession. 

4. Most Important: Situations that can lead to legal liability risks can be effectively managed by acquiring the knowledge and skills to develop and implement a comprehensive risk management plan.

What Can You Do?

Start Your Legal/Risk Management Education!

Browse through our website to learn about our (1) new textbook, (2) educational courses for academicians, fitness managers, exercise professionals, and students, and (3) many "free" educational resources. Now is the time to enhance your legal and risk management knowledge and skills

Two FREE Webinars

February 2022

(Presenter: JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek, PhD, FACSM)

Webinar #1: Mitigating Legal Liability Risks: Important Legal Duties and Risk Management Responsibilities of Fitness Managers

Thursday, February 10th, 2:00-3:00 pm (EST) 

Webinar #2: Exercise Prescriptions for Clinical Populations: Factors Courts Consider when Determining the Exercise Professional’s Standard of Care

Thursday, February 17th, 2:00-3:00 pm (EST)

REGISRATION IS EASY: Just email Dr. JES at: [email protected] with your (a) Name, (b) Email Address, and (c) the Webinar you want to attend (you can register for both if you want). A link to the webinar’s recording will be sent out to all registrants after the webinar.


Webinar #1:

The most important legal duty of fitness managers is to provide reasonably safe facilities and programs for their members and participants. This webinar will describe negligence lawsuits in which fitness managers failed to carry out this duty as well as the types of risk management strategies needed to properly fulfill this duty. Injuries and subsequent negligence lawsuits are common against fitness facilities/programs and potentially costly with some courts awarding plaintiffs (injured parties) millions of dollars. Minimizing injuries and litigation is possible if fitness managers have the knowledge and skills to do so.   

Webinar #2:

To avoid legal liability, all exercise professionals must meet a certain standard of care. Is this standard of care different for professionals who prescribe exercise programs for individuals with medical conditions? This webinar will answer this question by describing negligence cases in which the exercise professional failed to prescribe a proper exercise prescription given the individual’s medical condition. Important factors courts considered to determine the standard of care in these cases will also be discussed. 

Special 2022 Discounts on Educational Programs 

1) CEC/CEU Course -- Two Options

* Self-Study Course (20% discount through April 30, 2022) 

* Self-Study Course plus 6-week Zoom Class - begins March 17th (20% discount) 

2) Faculty Training Course -- Two Options

* Option #1: Self-Study Course

* Early Bird Discount ($50) for Option #2: Self-Study Course & 10-week Zoom class

See the Educational Courses page for more information and to register. 

Your "Must Have" Resource  

NEW TEXTBOOK: Law for Fitness Managers and Exercise Professionals

Three years in the making, this ground-breaking, comprehensive, 538-page textbook is the “go-to” resource for fitness managers and exercise professionals. It covers what, why and how:

WHAT laws do fitness managers and exercise professionals need to know?

WHY do fitness managers and exercise professionals need to know the laws?

HOW do fitness managers and exercise professionals apply the laws?

For more information and how to order, go to the Textbook page.

Authors: JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, PhD, FACSM

Barbara J Zabawa, JD, MPH

Paul R. Fenaroli, JD

Publisher: Fitness Law Academy, LLC, 2020