In the thrilling world of sports, we are accustomed to witnessing athletes push their bodies to the limits, seeking glory on the field, court, or rink. Alongside these incredible feats, however, come the inevitable injuries. Whether it’s a bone-jarring tackle, a slide into home base, or a body check in ice hockey, the risk of injury is part and parcel of competitive sports. Injuries can manifest in numerous forms and under diverse circumstances, spanning from physical environmental factors to those stemming from the actions of fellow participants. Yet, when is an injury just an unfortunate consequence of the game, and when might it lead to tort liability? The answer lies in the complex legal doctrine known as “assumption of risk.”
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on November 14, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Gross, Ben, "Torts in Sports: Exploring the Boundaries of Assumption of Risk" (2023). AELJ Blog. 372.