What constitutes physical abuse by coaches?

A: Some of the more common forms of physical abuse include when a coach:

(1) requires or suggests that an athlete perform a physical act that has no relevance to the sport and which is intended to cause embarrassment, be degrading or punish; (2) requires or suggests that an athlete continue to perform a physical act, whether it is relevant to the sport or not, that compromises established conditioning and safety guidelines; (3) places an athlete in a situation where he/she is mismatched physically with an opposing athlete causing the possibility of physical harm or the athlete is clearly unable to perform a physical activity safely or effectively without harm, or (5) fails to stop an activity where an athlete is clearly being subjected to physical harm.

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