Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm
on September 18, 2013 in Personal Injury Updated on February 24, 2022
Organized sports are one of the most popular national pastimes for children and adolescents, with about 30 million participating annually. Some sports are more dangerous than others, of course, with contact sports topping the list of those with the highest risk for injury. Sports injuries can range from minor to severe or deadly and almost one-third of those injuries incurred in childhood are sports related.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the Academy of Pediatrics released data analyzing injury rates among children and adolescents in the United States within the past several years. They found that nearly 3.5 million children and teens ages 14 and younger are hurt each year from organized sports or recreational sporting activities. Additionally, 21 percent of all Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases are the result of sports accident injuries. Clearly, sustaining a sports injury is a common occurrence in childhood and early adolescence, but some of these injuries can drastically alter a child’s life or end it.
Were you, your child, or a loved one hurt in a sports accident because of another persons negligent behavior? If so, you could be entitled to compensation because of the pain and anguish you had to endure.
At Arnold Law Firm, our experienced personal injury litigators has the experience and compassion to represent you and your loved ones in court, always fighting for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to the victims of sports injuries.
Causes of Sports Accident Injuries
Almost regardless of the type of sport, there are several factors that repeatedly contribute to injury. With more than 30 million high school students participating in organized sports it is crucial to be aware of sports injury risk factors and prevention methods.
The following are some of the most common causes of sports accident injuries:
Ill-fitting safety gear
Improper age, size or skill level for particular league
Improper or faulty equipment
Improperly trained or uncertified coaches
Improper playing surfaces
New or increased activity
Poor or lack of a warm-up routine
Strains and sprains
Unsafe facility or environment
and many others.
Whether a child or an adult, these causes are likely to result in injury. If the circumstances are severe enough, death can result for the participant.
Injuries Resulting from Sports Accidents
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that in 2009, over 170,000 children were treated in the emergency room for injuries related to basketball, while 200,000 were treated for bicycling injuries and almost 215,000 treated for football injuries, 100,000 of which needed hospitalization.
Some of the injuries most frequently sustained in sporting activities are:
Achilles tendon injury
ACL or PCL tear
Ankle sprain or strain
Concussion or head trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Rotator cuff tear
Spinal cord injury
Proper nutrition, hydration, warm up and cool-down routines are necessary for effective and safe training, no matter the sport of the age of the athlete. If participants are not properly rested by taking breaks during practice, the risk of heat stroke is high, especially in California’s warmer months.
Most Dangerous Sports
Though any sport can cause injury if a participant or a coach is not following proper procedures, some are inherently more dangerous than others. The following activities are those most commonly associated with serious injuries:
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
If you were injured in any sport because of the irresponsible or careless actions of another person contact a skilled sports accident law firm for help with your claim. The compensation that may be due to you can help cover the medical expenses and any rehabilitative therapy necessary to recover from the injuries.
The Arnold Law Firm has been providing our services to residence of Sacramento since 1975, and has achieved MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our personal injury attorneys also operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will not charge you for any of our services unless a favorable verdict or settlement has been made and you recover.
Being located in Sacramento CA, we are also able to serve the entire state of California.
If you are seeking legal counsel regarding a sports accident injury, or would like to learn more about our law firm, contact us at (916) 777-7777 for a free discussion about your specific case.
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