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Frank J. Smith
9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #31
San Diego CA 92131
phone: 858-368-9136
fax: 858-368-9049
Frank J. Smith, owner of Elite Fitness Consulting Services, has over approximately 45 years of practical experience in the Fitness and Sport Equipment industries. He is available to testify as an Expert Witness in legal matters relating to Fitness Training, Fitness Equipment and Product Safety. Mr. Smith's clients include Academic Institutions, Insurance Companies, Health Clubs, Corporations and Private Persons. Fit Witness can help you resolve legal difficulties with health clubs and sporting facilities.

Mr. Smith's noted background makes him a qualified, impartial Expert on behalf of both Plaintiff and Defense. He served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports for 7 years, developing, organizing, implementing and supervising six national symposiums on "Employee Health & Fitness. Mr. Smith was also invited by the White House to give a presentation to 650 medical doctors during the "Fitness in America - The Medical View" symposium.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fitness & Exercise Accident Reconstruction
  • Fitness & Exercise Equipment
  • Selectorized Equipment
  • Cardio Equipment
  • Sauna's and Steam Rooms
  • Fitness Facility Design
  • Free Weight Equipment
  • Plate Load Equipment
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Use
  • Flooring
  • Private Trainers
  • Equipment, Warnings & Facility Signage
  • Fitness Equipment Instruction of Use
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    Kent B. Godsted, PE
    Athletics & Recreation Expert Witness
    663 Beechwood Drive
    P.O. Box 938
    Nancy KY 42544
    phone: 606-875-8600
    Kent B. Godsted has over 24 years experience as Expert Witness in Fitness and Fitness Equipment, Sports and Recreation, Exercise Technique, Weightlifting, Intellectual Property and Mechanical Devices. He has over 45 years working and consulting experience in new product and process planning, research and development. Mr. Godsted has served in 140 cases (109 plaintiff, 31 defense) with 34 depositions and 7 trials.

    Education and Certifications:
  • BSME 1966, MSME 1982 – Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Professional Engineer certification in IL (retired) and KY (retired)
  • 8 U.S. patents
  • Personal training certification 2007 YMCA

    References available upon request.
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    Leonard K. Lucenko, PhD, ASSE, ACFEI, LLC
    Leonard Lucenko
    Director, Safety Education
    PO Box 2625, Bonita Springs, FL 34133 or
    PO Box 70, Lake Ariel, PA 18436
    ALL States
    phone: 239-992-0119 or 570-698-1161 or 908-797-0848
    fax: 239-992-5548
    Leonard K. Lucenko, PhD, Sport and Recreation Expert, is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State. A prolific speaker, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Risk Management in Sports and Recreation. He is a certified teacher, coach, athletic director, dean of students and international speaker on sports and recreation safety. Dr. Lucenko has qualified for Testimony and Consultation in 40 State and Federal Courts in Plaintiff and Defense cases.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Aquatics
  • Pool Safety
  • Supervision
  • Equipment
  • Children's Camps
  • Certified Playground Inspector
  • Football
  • Roller Skating
  • Ice Hockey
  • Cheerleading
  • Fitness and Health Clubs
  • Soccer
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Physical Education
  • Amusements
  • Waterparks
  • Recreation Facility Safety
  • Coaching, on the youth level such as the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program, (RBI) sponsored by Major League Baseball, is one of the crucial elements in the conduct of safe play in baseball/softball. The coach has a significant impact on risk management and safety and must be educated and convinced to make safety a priority in team management.

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    R. Leslie Nichols, MSSA, CPP
    137B Commerce Ave., Suite 336
    LaGrange GA 30241
    phone: 404-247-0797
    R. Leslie Nichols, is an expert in developing Child and Teen Protection Programs for youth-serving organizations and out-of-school time programs. For 22 years, he served as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization serving 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in 50 states, domestic and overseas military bases, university campuses, tribal lands, camps, housing projects, parks and recreation facilities, community centers, churches and schools.

    Mr. Nichols is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security and has a Master of Science in Security Administration. He holds certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning and has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level. He has conducted thousands of safety consultations for organizations in all 50 States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan.

    As an architect, he has over 35 years’ experience in Facilities Planning and Evaluation. He is experienced in applying Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), The Situational Prevention Approach, threat-vulnerability analysis and target hardening. This unique background supports his understanding of the relationship between operational strategies and the physical setting for creating safe environments for youth.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Nichols provides expert witness services in matters involving Safety, Security, and Risk Reduction in the care of school age children and teens. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and includes strategies to prevent harm from:
    • Child Protection Programs
    • Youth Serving Organizations
    • Out of School Time Programs
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • Bullying
    • Child Abduction
  • Missing Children
  • Care and Custody of Children
  • Supervision of Children
  • Physical Injury to Children
  • Security
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    James S. Skinner, PhD
    Professor Emeritus
    88 Gasga Court
    Brevard NC 28712
    phone: 828-877-6350
    James Skinner, PhD specializes in the field of Exercise Physiology and is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University. A former president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), he is one of five investigators of the HERITAGE Family Study on the role of genetics in the response of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors after training. He received the 2014 ACSM Honor Award, the highest award in his field. In 2011, he received the Doctor Honoris Causa from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary.

    Dr. Skinner is an expert in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Exercise, Fitness, Personal Training, Kinesiology and Sports Medicine. He has investigated the relationships between exercise, training, genetics, and health for over 50 years and has lectured in English, French, German and Spanish about these relationships in 60 countries.

    Dr. Skinner has been an expert witness for plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving:
    • Patent Infringement
    • Injury while Exercising at Health clubs or High School
    • Prisoner Rights to Exercise
    • Safety of Exercise Equipment
    He has given depositions and has written reports for attorneys. Testimony has been limited as cases were usually settled out of court.

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    Many health clubs and personal trainers test clients to evaluate their fitness, prescribe training programs and evaluate the effects of an exercise program to see if there has been progress. Thus, testing is an important part of their service.

    There are presently no established national standards or laws about qualifications to be a personal trainer. As a result, people who work in health and fitness clubs have a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. There are "personal trainers" with no formal courses in physical education, exercise science or other related university degrees. If they want to be a certified personal trainer, there are online, mail-order certificates that require only payment to obtain a certificate to put on the wall. Some of these "certifying agencies" do not require an examination to test the knowledge of the applicants.

    A severe personal injury occurred as a 70-year-old client in a health club fell and broke his arm while doing an exercise to improve his balance. The injured client was the plaintiff in a suit in which the personal trainer was named as the defendant. I assisted the attorney representing the plaintiff.

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    Douglas Baumgarten
    42218 Terrazzo Ter.
    Stone Ridge VA 20105
    phone: 301-448-5499
    fax: 888-750-2869
    Douglas Baumgarten, M.S., offers consulting and expert witness services related to Fitness, Health Clubs, Exercise Equipment, Personal Training and Sports. Mr. Baumgarten is a graduate of Harvard University and California University of Penna. (M.S. Exercise Science). He is a certified Health/Fitness Director (Amer. Coll. of Sports Medicine), Performance Enhancement Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Bike Fitter, cycling coach, and baseball/softball official.

    Mr. Baumgarten has 30+ years in the fitness industry, as personal trainer, manager, consultant, equipment dealer, President of a large fitness company, and owner of SportFit Consulting. He has over 8 years' experience as a legal expert, on cases from equipment accidents to health club employee conduct. He works with both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified in civil and criminal courts.

    Mr. Baumgarten has contributed to Fitness Management magazine, Boardroom magazine, Club Management magazine, and other publications. His expertise also includes facility design and layout, as well as exercise equipment safety and efficacy.
    Every club struggles with safety and liability issues. In addition to OSHA, state, and local regulations governing employee safety, clubs must take every reasonable precaution to protect their members from harm – while still offering a satisfying service experience

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    4015 Watters Lane
    Gibsonia PA 15044
    phone: 724-255-7176
    fax: 484-991-1952
    Al Vangura, Jr., MS, CPS, holds an MS in Bioengineering, a BS in Exercise and Sports Science - Biomechanics, and an AS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Mr. Vangura has over 30 years of product development experience of class I, II, and III medical devices, sports equipment, playgrounds, motor vehicles, appliances, etc. He holds multiple patents and has worked as a machinist for over 10 years.

    Mr. Vangura is a seasoned, hands-on executive engineer with an extensive background and experience in the product development cycle in a variety of settings. He has led cross-functional teams developing Medical Devices for Respironics, Hill-Rom, Alung and CardiacAssist, athletic products for Reebok, Adidas, and the U.S. Olympic Biathlon team. He has also developed Military Aircraft for Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing Defense and Space and the International Space Station for NASA.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Vangura has participated in forensic engineering evaluations for over 11 years with extensive courtroom experience. He provides forensic evaluations during legal proceedings involving product-related injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and other incidents requiring independent injury evaluation and review. Mr. Vangura has been involved in over 400 biomechanics cases.

    Areas of Specialization:
    • Occupant Biomechanics
    • Walking / Running Biomechanics
    • Trip / Fall Biomechanics
    • Playground Accidents and Safety
    • Sports Equipment Design / Safety
  • Machine Accidents
  • Child Abuse
  • Altercations
  • Medical Devices
  • OSHA, MSHA, FDA, and ADA
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