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Risk Management in Recreation

The law is pervasive in the recreation, sport and tourism industry because it permits, empowers, forbids, regulates and promotes the activities of sponsoring organizations and program participants. One of the most significant constraints on the services provided by suppliers and enterprises willingness is legal liability for user injuries. Risk management is part of the everyday business for public agencies and private enterprises sponsoring these activities.

My research has focused on identifying and analyzing the legal risk parameters associated with providing these services including; (1) identify and analyze the legal theories upon which liability is based, (2) assessing the factors of risk, and (30 evaluating strategies for transferring or managing liability risks.

Selected articles, papers and presentations

Kaiser, R. & K. Robinson (2005). “ Risk Management,” in Management of Park and Recreation Services. Washington D.C.: National Recreation and Park Association.

Wright, B., Kaiser, R. & S. Nicholls (2002). Rural Landowner Liability for Recreational Injuries: Myth, Perception and Reality. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 57 (3) 183.

Risk Management for Nature Tourism Enterprises. (June 2002). California Nature Tourism Conference, Sacramento, California.

McFarland, M. & R. Kaiser. (1999). An Analysis of Texas Hunting Incidents, Austin, Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Kaiser, R & Wright, B. (1994). Liability and Immunity: A National Assessment of Landowner Risk for Recreational Injuries, (Environmental Policy Group Monograph 94-1), College Station, Texas: Environmental Policy Group.

Kaiser, R. (1993). “Principles of Travel and Tourism Law” in Encyclopedia of Hospitality and Tourism, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Kaiser, R. & Mertes, J. (1991) Safety in the Design of Facilities: The Intersection Between Legal and Design Standards. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 9(2), 34.

Fletcher, J. & Kaiser, R. (1989). Perceptions of Beach Safety and Liability: A Comparison of Texas Beach Users and Managers. Coastal Zone Management Journal 17, 349.