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Expert Witness – Sports Risk Consulting – Total Sports

Professor Alphonses Heraghty is a sports and recreation expert with more than twenty years of relevant, professional experience. He investigates, reports, and testifies in matters related to recreational programming; sports supervision and instruction; recreational facilities management; playground environments; coaching and ASTM Standards Compliance. His extensive background, in depth knowledge and exceptional communication skills make him an outstanding expert witness.

Alphonses currently serves as Academic Chair of Health & Physical Education at SUNY Suffolk in Brentwood, New York.  Prior to this role he was the Fitness & Aquatics Director and Head Lacrosse Coach at SUNY Suffolk.  He is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector credentialed by the National Recreation and Park Association and is also certified by the National Program for Playground Safety.  He currently serves on the Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities committee with American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM). As the President of Total Sports Consulting Services, he ensures that his company, which specializes in risk management programs for various types of sports, recreation and fitness activities, offers the best advice and service for those undergoing litigation. Total Sports Consulting Services also specialise in the preparation of expert opinions for both plaintiff and defendants, in conjunction with recreation and sport personal injury cases.

As an expert witness, common cases that he is often instructed on are associated with playgrounds, trampoline parks, fitness facilities, sports and recreation activities. From his experience, the common policies and procedures that organisations fail to adhere to, or are unaware about are around the maintenance, supervision, staff training associated with such parks and recreational grounds and activities.

With his expertise, Alphonses can provide a wide range of services to the legal and insurance industries, including:

– Investigation, research and analysis

– Expert testimony at trial and depositions

– Expert reports

– Document review

– Site inspections

– On-site consulting during trial and deposition

– Trial preparation and strategy



Legal Support Services

·         Expert Opinion and Testimony

·         Comprehensive Review of Records, Depositions, Statements, and Incident Reports

·         Site Inspections

·         Expert reports

·         Photographic Presentation


Sports & Recreation

Total Sports Consulting Services can assist in investigating sports & recreation injuries/accidents to help determine how they occurred and whether or not they could have been prevented.


TSCS will investigate:

·         Emergency action plan

·         Supervision & Control of activity

·         Facility Condition is Safe

·         Maintenance of Equipment

·         Adherence to National Standards


Fitness Facilities Operations

·         User actions

·         Personal trainer actions

·         Equipment maintenance

·         Emergency preparedness

·         Facility cleanliness & sanitation

·         Staff training

·         Facility orientation for new users

·         Special class instruction

·         Premises security issues


Field and Equipment Safety

·         Equipment Standards & Expectations

·         Hazard Mitigation

·         Emergency Action Plan Design and Review

·         Equipment Calibration & Maintenance

·         Venue Surface, Lighting & Surroundings

·         Sports and athletic equipment evaluation


Playground Safety

Total Sports Consulting Services can assist in investigating playground injuries/accidents to help determine how they occurred and whether or not they could have been prevented.



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