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Standard of Care

A set of criteria for the appropriate duties of a personal trainer. See also scope of practice. (NSCA CPT, pg. 641)


Risk Management

A facet of the emergency plan designed to decrease and control the risk of injury from client participation and, therefore, the risk of liability exposure. Risk management may involve internal or external audits to identify potential problems, as well as actions taken to improve the safe delivery of services and reduce the chances of untoward events and potential lawsuits. (NSCA CPT, pg. 641)


Assumption of Risk

A defense for the personal trainer whereby the client knows that there are inherent risks with participation in an activity but still voluntarily decides to participate. (NSCA CPT, pg. 642)


Duty of Care

Obligation to demonstrate an appropriate standard of care. (NSCA CPT, pg. 643)



A formal process by which a state-sanctioned licensing body grants permission to certain professionals the right to offer specified services. (NSCA CPT, pg. 643)


Civil System

The judicial system that applies to one’s private rights and therefore to personal responsibilities or obligations that individuals must recognize and observe when dealing with others. (NSCA CPT, pg. 644)



A legally binding promise or performance given in exchange for another promise or performance supported by adequate consideration— something of value. (NSCA CPT, pg. 644)


Tort Law

Tort law concepts, on the other hand, apply to wrongful acts or omissions that occur between the relevant parties, namely the personal trainer and his or her clients. (NSCA CPT, pg. 644)



The failure to conform one’s conduct to a generally accepted standard or the failure to act as a reasonably prudent person would act under the circumstances. (NSCA CPT, pg. 645)



The “injured” person who brings a suit or complaint into a court of law.
(NSCA CPT, pg. 645)



The person being sued or accused in a court of law. (NSCA CPT, pg. 645)


Breach of Duty

Conduct of a personal trainer that is not consistent with the standard of care. (NSCA CPT, pg. 645)


Proximate Cause

A cause that immediately precedes and produces an effect. (NSCA CPT, pg. 645)



Economic or noneconomic losses due to an injury; when there is a breach of contract, the amount of money owed by the breaching party. (NSCA CPT, pg. 645)


Legal Duty

An obligation recognized by the law requiring a person to conform to certain conduct that reflects the standard of care. (NSCA CPT, pg. 646)


Informed Consent

A protective legal document that informs the client of any inherent risks associated with fitness testing and participation in an exercise program. (NSCA CPT, pg. 647)



A contract that serves as evidence that the injured client waived her right to sue for negligence. (NSCA CPT, pg. 649)