Establishing an athletics department and competing in intercollegiate athletics
Social, humanitarian, legal and financial obligations prompt many Universities to set up an athletic department. Each university should make a reasonable effort to protect the safety and health of public and community members from any risk and hazard linked with the institutional operation inclusive of athletics programmes. Any university has direct exposure to various risks both insured and uninsured concerning the respective athletics departments. Certain risks may be avoided while others can only be reduced, prevented or oven spread. Recognizing the responsibility and the need to preserve the resources, requires the university athletics department mandate to evaluate the expected risks, and prepare policies and guidelines for both insurance and risk management (Nohr, 2009).
The intercollegiate athletics programs in various universities are under the normal approval as curricular activities just like all other academic programmes. These intercollegiate competitions come along with risks, support and opportunities for the student-athletes to compete both athletically and academically. Athletic programmes act as a focal point for the university spirit and identity in congruence to cultural, academic, and the overall universities social facets in student’s body, athletics department and the overall university management. The athletics department acts as a decisive body for the university to enter into any athletic competition and operations. Most departmental heads are bestowed with the authority to facilitate established policies necessary for athletics activity participation (Duderstadt, 2003). The resolutions and standing orders of the athletics departmental committee provide the correct oversight and policy formulations in the targeted universities for healthy students’ involvement in athletics.
Each University department has the responsibility to ensure that the athletics programs comply with the universal policies, law, procedures and the rules and regulations for appropriate governing of intercollegiate programs. There are also procedures and standardizations from the prime university administration, which need keen observation. Despite the many benefits and responsibilities given to the athletics department in conjunction to intercollegiate competition, there are various risks expected (Duderstadt, 2003).
The athletics department cordially faces medical, liability, travel and other athletic risks. The current athletic programs face a legitimate lawsuit treatment in regard to several critical areas. It is worthy to scrutinize common risks such as alcohol and drug use, which are incompatible to any university athlete. Health risk also forms a great threat to the athletic programs. Any student-athlete has a responsibility to report any form of injury to the respective trainer for the right remedy. Lack of comprehensive insurance cover in various university campuses deprive many students to participate in intercollegiate programs. In order to combat this risk, student athletes need the right health insurance cover for immediate treatment of threatening dehydration, weight loss, cold and other athletic related illness. Another profound risk concerns musculoskeletal injuries, which encircles injury history, biomechanics, and aerobic fitness psychosocial and psychological factors. Other lesions like strains, sprains, and dislocation are common in athletics and tend to scare many prospective athletes (Nohr, 2009).
The involved athletics committee and department should be ready to adopt the right risk measurement, identification, claims, evaluation and correct control method and offer the right recommendation for overall intercollegiate participants. The great focus should be highly directed in foreseeing the possibilities of the associated athletics and financial risks. This would give humble time to submerge any form of risk and give confidence and support for healthy athletics competition.
Duderstadt, J. (2003). Intercollegiate athletics and the American university. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Nohr, K. (2009). Managing risk in sport and recreation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.