Covering piercings whilst playing sports is essential for preventing painful sporting accidents and injuries. The vast majority of sports have enough potential dangers to safety without taking additional unnecessary risks.
What are the dangers of not covering piercings whilst playing sports?
Picture the scene. In a crowded rugby scrum or maul, hands are grappling and grabbing anything. It’s all too easy to imagine an earring being yanked from an ear. In a competitive sport where some people are prepared to gouge eyes, some players won’t lose any sleep over ripping an ear.
However, it’s not just deliberate actions that necessitate covering piercings whilst playing sports. Accidents whilst playing sports can, and do, happen. Uncovered piercings can make the situation a whole lot worse.
Then there’s the hygiene to consider. Uncovered piercings in swimming pools can rust or even open up and bleed. New piercings are particularly vulnerable to this happening. This is unhygienic and extremely unpleasant for both the victim and other pool users.
Even simple studs have the potential to cause injury. The backs are sharp and can easily lead to cuts and small lacerations. Covering piercings whilst playing sports is a blanket rule that applies to all piercings. Whilst this may seem a little over the top, it’s much more efficient than negotiating a myriad of exceptions and different circumstances. Whether people play a sport for fun or for a profession, everyone wants to avoid sports accidents and injuries.
It’s not just piercings either. All jewellery is a no-no when playing a sport. This includes necklaces, bracelets etc. At all levels of football, for example, pre-match inspections are conducted by referees to ensure nobody is bringing a safety hazard onto the pitch.
What can I do if I am injured playing sport?
If you are hurt in a sporting accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due sports injury compensation. Sports injury claims are usually dependent on the following criteria:
- The accident occurred within the last three years
- The accident was the fault of someone else. For example, reckless behaviour from another player, or poor playing conditions such as potholes on the pitch
- A medical professional can confirm the injuries were caused by the accident
If this has happened to you, then call Accident Advice Helpline today to get your sports injury compensation claim started. Talk to our expert advisors on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice