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Common Injuries in Sports – When It Goes Beyond Hard Training

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2018

Playing sports is one of the most common causes of personal injury accidents. Sports-related injuries are some of the top causes of traumatic head and brain injuries, broken bones, contusions, and heatstroke injuries. In the U.S., about 3.5 million children and teens suffer sports-related injuries each year. Almost one-third of all childhood injuries stem from sports. Learning the most common sports injuries – and who may be liable – can help protect your rights and those of your children after an accident.

Muscle Sprains and Strains

Soft-tissue injuries such as sprains and strains may be a sign of an overworked muscle. Muscle sprains in sports can be serious, as they can involve the tearing of tissues in the muscles or tendons. A torn ACL, for example, could put a player out of the sport for good, and may require surgery to regain full use of the knee. Extremely tough training sessions, lack of proper warmups, or aggressive play could all lead to sprains or strains in sports.

Although muscle injuries are relatively common in sports and may not point to negligence, if another coach could have reasonably prevented the injury by doing something different, the coach involved in your case could be liable for causing the injury. Having a lawyer investigate your case can help you understand your rights.

Heatstroke Injury

Heatstroke is a serious health and safety risk, and one coaches and trainers must consider during games and practices. Failure to do so, resulting in player injury or death, is negligence. Heatstroke can cause confusion, brain injury, headache, dizziness, nausea, rapid breathing, heart problems, and wrongful death.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Injuries to the brain are common during contact sports, and often are also preventable. The proper headgear during practices and games can help protect players from serious head trauma. If a coach neglects to provide proper protective headgear or does not enforce helmet use, players can suffer serious and possibly permanent brain injuries.

A coach could also be liable for pressuring a player to return to the field too soon after a diagnosed brain injury. It is every coach’s duty to recognize the signs of a concussion (e.g., headache, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, nausea, slurred speech), to order healthcare for the player, and to obey the doctor’s recommendation regarding when the athlete can return to play.

Broken Bones

An athlete could suffer a bone fracture from traumatic contact with another player or an accident such as a trip and fall. It is a coach’s duty to supervise play in a way that reduces the risk of broken bones, such as offering the correct pads and equipment to protect players’ bodies. It is the owner of the practice area’s duty to properly maintain the field, court, or ring to reasonably prevent property-related accidents. Identifying the cause of the player’s fractures can help determine potential liability for damages.

Contact our personal injury law office as soon as possible after any type of sports-related injury in Baltimore to schedule a free consultation.