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Expert Witness: Teaching Gymnastics On Macadam

By Tom Bowler

Gymnastics can be a high risk activity in physical education.  Some school districts have eliminated this curriculum area because of potential liability associated with it.   I was retained in 2007 as the expert witness for the plaintiff child in a physical education class involving gymnastics.

Fact Pattern:  The plaintiff was an eleven year old female enrolled in a mandatory fifth grade physical education class in a public school.  The curriculum area was gymnastics,