The benefits of playing sport are almost too numerous to count. From the obvious positive physical results of regular exercise to the mind-clearing, cathartic properties of working up a good sweat, sport is an essential part of life for millions and millions of people.
Of course, the main downside to sport is the threat and risk of injury. You can do all the warming up and stretching you want, sometimes you just can’t avoid getting hurt in a sporting accident. Getting injured in a basketball competition, for example, can happen all too easily.
How might I get injured in a basketball competition?
There are several ways in which you can suffer an injury whilst playing basketball. Some are avoidable. Some, unfortunately, are not. The risk of injuries like muscles strains and pulls can be minimised by stretching thoroughly, whilst supportive strapping around the most heavily-used joints – knees, ankles and elbows – can go some way to preventing sprain injuries.
However, what you can’t legislate for whilst playing basketball is the actions of other players and the condition of the court itself. If another player falls into you, trips you up or catches you with a flailing arm, then you are going to get hurt. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it and it’s just part of the game, albeit it a potentially painful one.
Dangerous playing conditions, on the other hand, are not acceptable. If you are injured in a basketball competition because of a puddle left on the floor, a raised bit of floor, a loose section of flooring or the backboard falls down, for example, then the owners of the court are responsible.
Like with all public places, owners and operators of leisure centres and other places hosting basketball competitions have a duty of care towards the players and other people using the facilities. Part of this duty means identifying and eliminating hazards in an efficient and timely manner.
This means things like stopping play if there is a fluid spillage and using warning signs until the hazard is cleared, doing safety checks on the equipment and ensuring the court is in good condition.
Can I claim?
If you are injured in a basketball competition in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may well be due some compensation. Call our expert advisors on Accident Advice Helpline’s 24/7 hotline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. You can also take our online 30-second test to determine the weight of your claim.