Dan Connaughton, Ed.D.

Department of Sport Management

  • Ed.D. in Sport Management, Florida State University (1995)
  • M.S. in Recreation Management, University of Florida (1992)
  • M.S. in Physical Education, Bridgewater State College (1991)
  • B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Florida (1987)

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Contact Info

FLG 325B
P.O. Box 118208
Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
(352) 294-1600| danc@hhp.ufl.edu


Dan Connaughton, Ed.D., is a Professor in the Sport Management program. His research is largely focused on the study of law and risk management in sport, recreation, and physical activity programs. Adopting a multi-methodological approach, his research has specifically investigated (a) risk perception; (b) risk management policies and practices; (c) awareness of and compliance with statutes, standards, and guidelines; and (d) injury/death prevention in sport and physical activity. His research findings have implications for influencing policy, improving risk management practices, and decreasing injuries, fatalities, and liability.

He has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) on over $15M of extramurally funded contracts and grants. For instance, the American Heart Association funded his research investigating “Implementation Constraints and Risk Management Practices Related to Automated External Defibrillators in Sport/Recreation Programs.” Additionally, from 2008-2022, he was the PI of the “Florida Bicycle Safety and Risk Management Project” which was funded by the Florida Department of Transportation - Safety Office.

Connaughton is a Research Fellow with the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and Research Consortium of SHAPE America. The author of many publications, he has received several teaching and research awards.

Research Interests

  • Risk perception
  • Risk management policies and practices
  • Legal and policy issues in sport and physical activity


  • SPM 4723 Legal Issues in Sport and Physical Activity
  • SPM 6726 Issues in Sport Law
  • SPM 6716 Risk Management in Sport and Physical Activities