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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

    Sporting injuries: A historical record of safety improvements

    Over the years, sports have been blighted by injuries such as slips, trips and falls and have in some cases, proved to be fatal. Safety improvements have been made over the years to minimise health risks in sports, across the spectrum. In this article we’ll be having a look at some of the historical safety improvements introduced in order to protect athletes and competitors.

    What have been some of the main improvements in sport safety?

    There have been a number of advances in sport safety that have been notable. These have included technological improvements which have helped improve the durability and safety of particular pieces of sports equipment. Perhaps the most iconic industry in which this had an effect is Formula 1. Helmets have been mandatory in Formula 1 since 1963; however it has been in recent years with the introduction of carbon fibre helmets that this has become most pronounced such as when Felipe Massa suffered a serious accident in 2009.

    Improvements in safety were made at the Aintree Grand National after two horses suffered fatal injuries in 2011. The changes made to the Aintree course include shortening the distance of the race from four-and-a-half miles to four miles and three-and-a-half furlongs and changing the core material used to build the fences from wood to a more forgiving plastic material.

    Have you suffered a sports injury? You could be entitled to compensation

    If you’ve suffered a sports injury such as slipping, tripping or falling within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a claim for compensation.

    Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee** basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.

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    You can talk to one of our friendly, professional advisors in the strictest of confidence. Alternatively you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our online 30-second test. Please note that any amounts quoted are guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation. The majority of claims are settled outside court.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice


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