Title

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis and the Law

ORCID

J. Mark VanNess: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5902-8735

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of exercise physiology online / American Society of Exercise Physiologists

Department

Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences Department

ISSN

1097-9751

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

19

Last Page

27

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Abstract

In rare cases, excessive and/or exuberant exercise can result in exertional rhabdomyolysis where muscular damage results in potential long-term disability. The purpose of this review is to identify what can lead to exertional rhabdomyolysis, provide several legal cases where the duty of care of an exercise specialist is examined, and question the assumption of risk for exercise participants. Exercise specialists should understand the importance of carefully applying the principles of progressive overload and eccentric training to avoid putting the participant at risk for exertional rhabdomyolysis. It is also important that the exercise specialist and the exercise participant understand the legal implications of reasonable foreseeability when it comes to the potential for complications from exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis.

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