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Supplements and Fitness Professionals: Special Legal Issues

Supplements and Fitness Professionals: Special Legal Issues

Supplements and Fitness Professionals. For good or ill these two topics seem to go hand in hand. But what is their relationship? We have talked about how to make sure that you are not offering medical advice as a fitness professional, and the legal issues with offering nutritional advice as a fitness professional. There are…

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Client confidentiality and the fitness industry

Client confidentiality and the fitness industry

While it is somewhat unclear exactly when HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 United States Code § 1320d)) applies to fitness professionals, there is no doubt that it raised the stakes when it came to privacy. It is clear that client confidentiality is an area of concern in the fitness industry. HIPAA…

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Training the elite amateur athlete: legal issues

An elite amateur athlete may be just as serious as “professional” athlete. What makes an athlete “professional” is largely determined by the national body governing the specific sport, but it needs to be said that receiving compensation is not sufficient to make an athlete “professional.” For example, federal legislation provides some funding for amateur athletes;…

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Fitness Law: Why Equipment Maintenance is key

Fitness Law: Why Equipment Maintenance is key

Sometimes the most obvious things are also the ones that ignored: like fitness equipment maintenance. One of the most effective ways of decreasing costs associated with litigation and being sued is to avoid being sued in the first place! Truly, it is more cost effective to pay in prevention than in trying to solve a…

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Can I write off my family vacation as a fitness professional?

Can I write off my family vacation as a fitness professional?

Sounds great doesn’t it? Work and vacation in one, especially if you can just write off your family vacation on your taxes! So, here’s the question we’re discussing in this article: So can you write off your family vacation if you undertake training or work as a fitness professional for a session or two at…

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Does HIPAA apply to personal trainers?

Does HIPAA apply to personal trainers?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 United States Code § 1320d), more often referred to by its acronym, HIPAA, is a complex piece of legislation that protects the health information of individuals.  HIPAA specifies provisions for the security and privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI). PHI is defined as “any information held by…

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Training a Sponsored Athlete: Legal Issues

Training a Sponsored Athlete: Legal Issues

While the International Olympic Committee has removed the word “amateur” from their governing documents, the US Olympic Committee has left the word in, and delegates deciding whether an athlete is eligible for international and elite competitions, like the Olympics, to the National Governing Body for each Sport. Increasingly, athletes are seeking to supplement income with…

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Fitness Professionals: are you giving medical advice?

Fitness Professionals: are you giving medical advice?

When we ask “where is the line?” when it comes to fitness professionals giving medical advice what we are really asking is what is the scope of practice for a fitness professional? While it is fundamental, we often need to state the obvious clearly: Fitness professionals should not provide medical advice to other individuals, unless…

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Fitness Professionals: Do you need Liability Insurance?

Fitness Professionals: Do you need Liability Insurance?

Fitness professionals need liability insurance. But, what is it? and why do you need it? Liability insurance is any kind of insurance policy designed to provide legal defense and to cover the damages that may be awarded against you if you are found liable There are many different kind of policies – which are largely…

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dba vs LLC for fitness professionals

dba vs LLC for fitness professionals

So maybe you’re not doing this personal training thing as a business yet, or you just teach one class a week as a 1099 contractor for a gym. You might be wondering the difference between a dba and an LLC? And why you might choose one over the other. Or maybe you have a great…

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