Risk management is about being able to assess what might go wrong and acting to prevent possible accidents and undesirable events. The law requires people with a duty of care over others- as coaches have a duty of care to children- to take reasonable steps to avoid risk of harm or injury to those in their care. As a member of USSA, clubs and their members have a responsibility to follow a risk management program in the operation of club activities and club programs. A Sport Risk Management Program implemented by the club, has a number of positive advantages. This Program:
NSAA's Responsibility Code
Endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, the seven safety rules of the slopes are intended to ensure that skiers and riders will be safety conscious while skiing/riding and can help reduce the risks associated with the sport.
Additional Safety Rules
The Kelly Brush Foundation
The Kelly Brush Foundation is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for improving ski racing safety, supporting research to treat and cure paralysis due to traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), improving the quality of life for individuals living with SCI by purchasing adaptive athletic equipment for those with financial limitations, and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.
The Kelly Brush Foundation Ski Racing Safety Grant Program awards grants to ski and snowboard clubs and organizations that are unable to afford the safety equipment needed for ski races. The purpose of this grant is to prevent sever accidents by increasing the level of safety at ski races. Typically organizations awarded with grant money will use the funds to purchase safety items such as netting, padding, and markers. Organizations interested in applying for a Ski Racing Safety Grant must submit financial statements and a proposed use of funds. The Foundation also promotes ski racing safety through a public awareness poster campaign to ski clubs and areas throughout the United States.
The Smart Style Terrian Park Program
The Smart Style Program, commissioned by the National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards, is a freestyle terrain safety initiative. This program emphasized the importance of safety in terrain parks across the United States.
Smart Style has four main objectives: