Critical Incident Management in Sport

Critical Incident Management in Sport         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia 
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Catherine Ordway, Professor of Practice (Sport Management), La Trobe University (January 2017)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 4 October 2017
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Critical incidents in sporting situations are typically unpredictable events with the potential to cause major injuries, loss of life, or other catastrophic consequences for athletes, sports personnel, and/or their organisations.

The effective management of such occurrences should form part of an organisation's broader risk management strategy which is an integral part of good management practice.  

Key Messages 


Risk is an element that all sporting organisations, no matter how big or small, must understand.


Unpredictable events can occur in the sporting environment. However, not all incidents are critical, nor are all critical incidents of the same severity.


Sporting organisations must understand the nature of risk and take appropriate steps to manage it within their respective domains.

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