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Protecting Your Child Against Sports Related Injuries

Protecting Your Child Against Sports Related Injuries

Protect Your Child With the Help of an Indianapolis Injury Lawyer

Recreational and school sponsored sports provide excellent opportunities for fun and fitness, while learning about good sportsmanship and how to work with others as part of a team. Safety should always be a top concern though, to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring. As youth sports related injuries have become increasingly common, schools and coaching staff are being held accountable for ensuring safety recommendations are followed.

Common Types of Sports Injuries

Parents often start early in enrolling their children in group programs, such as t-ball, midget football, and soccer, in addition to encouraging lessons in sports such as tennis, golf, and swimming. While some activities pose more potential risks that others, any sport can be dangerous if your child falls, is tackled by others, or is hit by a ball. Johns Hopkins Medicinereports that as many as 3.5 million children under the age of 14 suffer sports related injuries each year in the U.S. Among those most commonly reported include:

  • Severe friction burns, cuts, and lacerations;
  • Muscle, tendon, or ligament strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Broken bones and joint dislocations;
  • Back and neck injuries, including damage to discs, vertebrae, or the spinal column;
  • Head and brain injuries, including concussions, fractured skull, and traumatic brain injury.

In addition to the above, exhaustion and dehydration can also take a serious toll on your child’s health, creating a rise in blood pressure or body temperature, resulting in damage to internal organs

The Role of Coaches and Staff in Protecting Your Child

Schools, recreational facilities, coaches, and training staff all play important roles in taking preventative steps to protect your child during sports activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following to ensure the safety of players:

  • Use the proper safety equipment, ensuring it fits properly and is in good condition.
  • Provide the proper surfaces for play, and perform routine maintenance on courts and fields.
  • Allow plenty of training time, in addition warm up and cool down periods.
  • Make sure players are properly hydrated and allow regular breaks to avoid overexertion.

Players who become injured should be immediately removed from play and should not resume activities until cleared to do so by their doctor.

Reach Out to Us for Help

If your child has suffered a sports injury due to the negligence of school or recreational staff,contact Holland & Holland LLC today. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, so you can get the compensation your child needs to recover. Call or contact our office online today to request a free consultation.

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