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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common P.E. accidents


    Common P.E. accidents can ruin what, for millions of students, is the most enjoyable lesson at school. Given how physical P.E. is, it’s no surprise that it tends to cause more accidents and injuries than other school lessons.

    However, it remains an essential part of the curriculum. P.E. has obvious health benefits, ensuring students get a regular bout of exercise. It also teaches important skills like teamwork, the value of trying hard and co-operation. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity for students who may not shine in the classroom to show where their talents lie.

    These benefits make P.E. lessons more than worth the potential risks. There’s a number of safety precautions schools and teachers can take to minimise common P.E. accidents and potential hazards to health.

    What are the most common P.E. accidents?

    Common P.E. accidents include:

    • Muscular strains: The easiest way to avoid muscle pulls and strains during P.E. lessons is a thorough warm up. However, that is easier said than done with a class full of young people. On the one hand, students may not be aware of, or interested in, the benefits of warming up thoroughly. On the other, they are likely to simply want to get on with the sport. This can easily lead to muscular pulls and strains, particularly in cold weather, making them one of the most common P.E. accidents.
    • Bruises: Youngsters are naturally competitive. Depending on age, they may also not be fully in control of their body movements at all times. This makes collisions inevitable. Students losing their footing and falling to the ground is another common P.E. accident that can cause bruising.
    • Joint sprains: A combination of the above two causes of common P.E. accidents often results in joint sprains. Failure to properly warm up joints makes them more vulnerable to injury. Suffering regular trips and falls also increases the likelihood of joint sprains and other impact injuries.
    • Cuts, grazes and friction burns: Young people falling over during P.E. lessons can also lead to cuts, grazes and/or friction burns, depending on the floor surface. Outdoor playgrounds can cause cuts and grazes, whilst a slip in a sports hall can easily result in friction burns.

    Making a claim

    The same threats face P.E. staff which is why schools are obliged to provide safe areas for P.E. If you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for a no-obligation chat regarding your personal injury claim.

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    Date Published: March 8, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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