The great charity and sports day event of three-legged racing has been in the news in recent years due to a number of schools now declaring it ‘too dangerous’ to be part of the schedule come sports day. So, are three-legged races too dangerous? And what sort of accidents can they cause?
Three-legged race accidents – slips, trips and falls
The most obvious hazard to a three-legged race is the apparent ease with which participants can suffer a slip or fall. You are not just dependant on your own stability and balance, but also that of your partner. After all, if they go down, you have little choice but to go down with them.
It is this scenario where the majority of three-legged race accidents occur. Contestants are unable to untangle their legs before hitting the floor which means they have little to no control with regards to angles and landing points. All to easily, these trip accidents can lead to serious personal injuries.
Whilst children might struggle with the cognitive movements required to safely negotiate a three-legged race, for adults the main source of danger is likely to be over-competitiveness. A determination to win can often override the importance of being safe, particularly if there is a significant disparity between the pace of the partners.
The other ingredient for trouble and likely cause of trip or fall accidents in three-legged races for adults is, of course, alcohol. Three-legged pub crawls are hardly a new phenomenon in the United Kingdom and a combination of drink, high spirits and inclination to show off can easily lead to trip and fall accidents occurring.
Three-legged accidents – incidents on the road
Three-legged races require particular attention if they run alongside the roads. All it takes is a slight stumble in the wrong direction and you could have a serious traffic incident on your hands. It’s also important to remember that things like crossing the road may take significantly longer than normal.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice