Injuries when bowling come in a surprising number of shapes and forms. At first glance, you would think that bowling is one of the safest activities around. After all, it’s often mooted as the perfect activity for all ages.
However, dig a little deeper and you soon see that there are numerous potential dangers with bowling.
What are the top 3 injuries when bowling?
First, let’s look at the hazards. The most obvious place to start is the bowling balls themselves. Even the lightest versions are capable of causing significant damage if they are dropped on a foot. Then there’s the risk of fingers getting trapped in the holes. Finally, there are the smooth floors. There’s a very good reason you are given specific shoes when you go bowling. They have been designed to provide the optimum combination of grip and fluid movement.
However, accidents and injuries when bowling still happen. Here’s a run-down of the top 3 bowling injuries.
- Bumps and bruises: Whether you drop the ball – literally – or suffer a slip and fall accident, there are numerous causes of bruising when bowling. Even something as apparently minor as getting your fingers trapped between moving balls on the rack can result in significant pain.
- Back injuries: Trying to bowl too fast, or use a ball that’s too heavy, can do serious damage to your back. Try not to let that competitive instinct take over and use a weight you are comfortable with.
- Fractures: If you are unlucky, an accident that would normally result in bruising may actually cause a fracture. A dropped ball catching your foot at the wrong angle can easily lead to a fracture or even a metatarsal break.
How can I avoid injuries when bowling?
As mentioned, it’s important to follow the safety guidelines when bowling and to look after yourself. Make sure you get the proper shoes and don’t over-exert yourself when it comes to ball weight.
The venue management also has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of visitors. As with any public place, this means both eliminating risks in the first place and dealing with new hazards as they appear.
Liquid spills, for example, should be clearly marked off and cleaned up as soon as possible.
If you’ve suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault when bowling, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice