Thousands of people in the UK participate in martial arts classes and competitions. How safe is the sport, and should martial arts protection be increased for all participants?
How safe are martial arts?
Many people take up martial arts as a means of learning self-defence. Once you’ve mastered the skills, you should be able to defend yourself in most scenarios. Training and fighting, however, do not come without risks. The nature of these disciplines means that injuries are fairly common. In most cases, injuries are minor, and include strained and sprained muscles and ligaments, grazes and bruising. From time to time, people who participate in martial arts do sustain more severe injuries, including broken bones and head injuries.
Should martial arts protection be increased?
There’s a perception that we live in a society dominated by health and safety. Rules and regulations are needed to keep people safe, but it can be difficult to draw a line. Some people are calling for greater martial arts protection. Fans of sports like martial arts also feel that adding more measures could detract from the enjoyment of the sport. There’s also a worry that newer versions of sports could end up being a far cry from traditional practices.
Is it possible to claim compensation for sports injuries?
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. In the case of sporting injuries and examples like boxing accidents or injuries resulting from combat, it’s not possible to make a claim unless there is a clear case of negligence, for example, you were injured because the equipment you were using was faulty. If you’re thinking about claiming compensation for a boxing accident or you’ve been injured in a martial arts class, call Accident Advice Helpline or take our quick and simple 30-second online eligibility test. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions, and we’ll be able to give you a rough idea of whether you have a viable personal injury claim and how much it could be worth.
If you’d like to discuss your sports injury claim, we have friendly advisors ready and waiting to take your call. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling injury claims, we can take all the stress out of the claims process for you.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice