Being injured due to gymnastics equipment failure can be physically and emotionally painful. You may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Gymnastics is one of the most aesthetically pleasing sports around. In the UK, thanks to the stunning success of the British gymnastics team in the 2016 Rio Olympics, it has never been more popular.
Some of the movements and performances in gymnastics simply have to be seen to be believed. From gravity-defying stunts on the rings or parallel bars to jaw-dropping flips and turns during floor routines, the body is put through all manner of work during gymnastics. The nature of gymnastics as a sport means that the safety of those that participate is almost entirely dependent on the quality of the equipment used.
What are the consequences of gymnastics equipment failure?
If there is a gymnastics equipment failure, then you can be pretty certain that a sporting injury is not far behind. The severity of the injury depends on the bits of kit involved in the gymnastics equipment failure and the nature of the accident.
Some of the most common injuries arising from gymnastic equipment failure include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Dislocations: In gymnastics, balance is everything. Even the slightest misjudgement on equipment like the rings can lead to a serious injury. The margins for error are extremely small, and that’s on equipment that’s in perfectly good working order. Say, for example, you are using the rings. Suddenly, one of them snaps from the rope. One of two things is now likely to happen. You will either be sent crashing to the floor, or the one working ring will take all of your weight, wrenching that shoulder joint. Either scenario is likely to lead to serious injury.
- Broken bones: Similar to above. A number of gymnastics routines are performed at such velocity and at such heights that if something goes wrong there is precious little you can do to ensure a safe landing.
- Muscular strains: Though thoroughly warming up helps minimise the risk of muscular strains, gymnastics equipment failure can still all too easily lead to these kinds of injuries.
Making a claim for a gymnastics injury
If you’re injured because of gymnastics equipment failure, then you may be due personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here to guide you through the claims process. Our lawyers work on 100% no-win, no-fee basis so call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice