Schools are back in session across Orange County and children everywhere are playing on sport teams both after school and on weekends. More than 30 million children and teens participate in some type of organized sport here in the U.S. About 3.5 million of those children will experience some type of personal injury. In fact over 1/3 of all injuries that children experiences are sports related. But all sports are not created equal and neither are the injuries. There is potential for injury in all sports and as a parent, you can be aware of the types of injuries that are common in that sport and monitor the coach, the team interactions and of course, your child. Save yourself a trip to the attorney by implementing these safety plans to avoid personal injury
Although death from a sport injury is rare, the most serious type of sport related injury is the brain injury. 21% of all kids who participate in recreational activities will experience some type of head trauma. This type of accident is very serious because it has long-lasting effects throughout your time. As children grow older, so does their aggressive behaviors and goals for scholarship $$$.
A recent study just released from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSI) concluded that the most dangerous sport for girls is cheerleading. Yes cheerleading! Since cheerleading is not regulated, it is not considered a “real sport”. Today’s cheerleaders are tossed high into the air, twirl and experience risky gymnastic-style stunts but that was not always the case.
Cheerleaders suffered 65% of all high school girls sports injuries and since 1982, 67 fatal or life-threatening injuries have occurred-not your mother’s cheerleading squad. One California college student, Jessica recalls being tossed into the air 15 feet, when she looked down in horror. Her teammate that was supposedly going to catch her had lost his balance and fell backwards. She landed head first on the ground and broke her back in two places. The doctors told her she was millimeters away from paralysis.
Overall, most kids in high school get through with just some bruises and sprains. Since 62% of all organized sports-related injuries occur during practice, it’s a good idea to make sure the coach implements a good warm up phase and does not push the kids beyond their limits. Children of the same age and weight, but who are less developed are at greater risk for personal injury.
Can you guess which sports have the most injuries? You might be surprised. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, NEISS, tracks sport-related injuries and reports any emerging patterns to appropriate agencies. The most dangerous sport in terms of injuries, are in descending order: basketball, biking, football, ATV riding, baseball/softball.
Although, some sport injuries are unavoidable, some are preventable by wearing appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets, shin guards and proper clothing. Also staying active year around will help keep muscles flexible and your mind alert.
If you or a loved one has experience a serious personal injury of any kind, call an experienced attorney immediately. They will be able to answer all of your questions and assist you through the process of recovery. Call us anytime at 1 888 752-7474.