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Children’s Sports and Recreational Injuries

Posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

It is good for children to be active. Participation in team or individual sports and different types of recreational activities keeps them physically fit while helping them to make friends and learn the value in friendly competition. Unfortunately, it can also put them at risk for serious and potentially disabling personal injuries that can impact them well into adulthood. It is important for parents as well as for coaches, school administrators, and recreational staff to be aware of the dangers and to take the appropriate steps to reduce these risks.

Children and Sports-Related Injuries

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 30 million children in the United States participate in some type of organized sports or recreational activities. Of these, roughly 3.5 million end up requiring emergency medical care as the result of personal injuries incurred during practice or play. While some sports inherently put children more at risk, the fact is that a child can be injured or suffer overuse injuries during practically any activity.

Whether they play on a team or engage in individual activities such as gymnastics, swimming, or track, your child may be at risk for any of the following:

  • Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Broken bones and hairline fractures;
  • Back and neck injuries, such as slipped discs or fractured vertebrae;
  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in partial or complete paralysis;
  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injury.

Protecting Children Against Personal Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges parents, coaches, and group sports or recreation event coordinators to be mindful of the steps needed to prevent children’s injuries. These include:

  • Making sure activities are age appropriate;
  • Providing the necessary training and warm up time;
  • Making sure children have the appropriate safety gear, such as helmets, goggles, and pads;
  • Supervising play to ensure it does not become too rough;
  • Removing players with suspected injuries immediately and requiring a doctor’s note before they return to play.

Contact Us Today for Help

Coaches, school administrators, and recreational staff or coordinators can be held liable for not taking the appropriate precautions to prevent children’s injuries. If your child has been hurt, reach out and contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C. We can arrange a consultation with our personal injury attorneys, who can review your case and advise you on how to get compensation for the damages your child has suffered.

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