Playing sport such as indoor and outdoor netball has a wealth of benefits for your physical and mental health, but exercising can result in injury.
If you play indoor and outdoor netball on a regular basis, or you’re thinking of taking up a new form of exercise, it’s important to play by the rules and hone your technique to reduce the risk of sports injuries. Sometimes, injuries are inevitable, but often, common sense can help to prevent accidents such as slips, trips and falls.
What are the differences in injuries for indoor and outdoor netball?
Indoor and outdoor netball is a very popular sport in the UK. It is fun and frantic, and it’s a great way of meeting new people and socialising, as well as keeping fit.
Indoor netball has the advantage that it’s not weather dependent and that can be a blessing in a country where the conditions can be a little unpredictable. In indoor and outdoor netball, the rules are the same, the only difference is the surface.
Outdoor netball is played on hard courts, while indoor netball is played on specially designed vinyl wood. The surface can affect the speed of play and also dictate what kinds of injuries are most common. Injuries that occur in both indoor and outdoor netball may include:
- Soft tissue damage and dislocation caused by a sudden change of direction
- Injuries caused by collisions with another player
- Finger injuries caused by catching
- Overuse injuries associated with the repetitive action of throwing the ball (these injuries tend to affect the shoulder joint)
- Fractures caused by falls
On outdoor courts, rain can make surfaces slippery and there may be a greater risk of bruising and fractures caused by slips and trips. When you fall, you may also find that injuries are more severe, as the ground tends to be harder. Cuts and grazes are also more common in outdoor netball.
The surface can be hazardous in indoor netball, if it has recently been polished. It’s important to wear shoes with good grip for both forms of the sport.
Can I claim compensation for a sports injury?
Most sporting activities are undertaken at your own risk, but if you’re participating in a class, or you are part of a club, you may be able to claim public liability compensation if the person in charge or the people who represent them displayed negligence which contributed to your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a sports centre, and you have evidence that you were not to blame for your slip and trip injuries, call Accident and Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our expert personal injury lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice