Getting injured in a gymnastics competition can ruin an amazing experience. Few sports capture the spirit of “performance art” as well as gymnastics. From the rhythmic floor routines that rival any professional dance production to the jaw-dropping stunts done on the rings or parallel bars, few sports have the aesthetic magnificence to match gymnastics.
However, with all the grace, elegance and sheer physical power comes a considerable threat to safety. The looming spectre of injury is never far away, as many precautions as possible should be taken to safeguard and protect gymnasts.
What can I do if I am injured in a gymnastics competition?
Getting injured in a gymnastics competition is a nightmare situation for any gymnast, amateur, enthusiast or seasoned professional. As well as the physical rehabilitation and recovery time, there’s also the impact an injury can potentially have on the confidence and state of mind of a gymnast.
Will you feel as comfortable stepping up to the parallel bars, for example, knowing that last time you did, you ended up with your arm in a sling or a leg in plaster? Inevitably, the answer is no.
Given the serious implications of being injured in a gymnastics competition, it can be reassuring both financially and from a psychological perspective to know that you may be due financial compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
The organisers of gymnastics competitions have a duty of care towards those competing and must take all necessary and reasonable precautions to safeguard the physical health of the participants.
The most obvious example of these responsibilities is safety-checking the equipment. Before every single competition, all of the equipment that’s set to be used, from springboards, vaults and pommel horses to crash mats, parallel bars and rings, all need to be thoroughly checked and signed off ready to use.
If these safety checks are not performed, and this negligence leads to you becoming injured in a gymnastics competition, then you may well have the right to claim for sports injury compensation.
Making a claim
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Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice