Do you require any medical clearance of your students?
Yes absolutely. A medical Clearance is critical before the training starts for many reasons. Not to get into this too deeply for now....(Which is another reason to attend our training in March 2007 in FL)
A trainer is ultimately responsible for the well being and safety of their students they train. Especially since injuries can come to the surface days, weeks and even months after the initial trauma has been received. Having them complete a form confirming this is only a small part of the big picture.
Example, if a student receives a Level 2-3 injury during training, then a medical release is required BEFORE the training is resumed. Words used in court to attack the trainer, director or dojo owner are "Due Care, Deliberate Indifference, Liability, Negligence, Malice...for some they feel this does not apply. However I will share with you true and VERY SAD story that you or others can take with or without a grain of salt.
In every class we tell our students who come from all different kinds or physical background, martial arts experience, military etc.....that you should ALWAYS adhere to the student/instructor ratio.
For Lecture /Demonstration can be as little as 1 to as many as thousands that can see or hear.
For ANY type of physical contact standing is 1 instructor for every 10 students
For ANY type of specialized high level simulations and environments 1 instructor for every 3 students
In 2002 while teaching in London, OH at the Ohio Peace Officer and Training Academy we had two students who were VERY experienced grapplers (14 years of training and experience) and very much in shape. Both were from same Police Department in OH.
In addition to the class we were giving that week they both trained at a local dojo in jiujutsu, and at the end of their class of 25 people the instructor told the students to finish the rest of the training (15 minutes were left) to practice on our own.
So they did what everyone else was doing, and one brought the other down in a VERY SLOW FOR FORM SPEED and broke the neck of his training partner, leaving his motionless and paralyzed from the neck down. A year later he committed suicide on the therapy bar because he could not live with himself. I was friends and knew both of these people very well.
The other student has tried to commit suicide 2 times from the guilt surrounding the incident, he is in counseling now, and retired from his career as a law enforcement officer.
The family sued the dojo and is still in court which is why I left out names and exact location....It has been 4 years and the suit is still going on and from what I have heard has out lasted the dojo that has been there for about 14 years before the incident took place. The owner exhausted all of their finances, and have ruined his lively hood in trying to defend this (I heard the location closed 9 months after the incident took place), in additional will more then likely end any chance of a career, destroyed his reputation, and any hope for a business in the future.
Van, this is ONLY 1 reason why I am so passionate about this and committed to seeing this program through and changing the way we do business.