Dodgeball is a fast and furious sport in which two teams throw several cloth, rubber or foam balls at each other. The objective is to eliminate as many members of the opposing team as possible by hitting them with a ball. The very nature of the game means injuries in dodgeball are common.
Injuries in dodgeball
The most common injuries in dodgeball include:
- Rotator cuff injuries. These shoulder injuries are especially common due to the sport predominantly involving throwing actions.
- Neck strain, or whiplash. This type of injury is caused by the ball’s forceful impact causing players’ neck and/or head to suddenly snap sideways, forwards or backwards.
- Finger strains and sprains. These injuries are usually caused by players jamming their fingers when trying to catch a ball or balls bending back fingers or thumbs when hitting hands.
Other comparatively common injuries in dodgeball include:
- Ankle sprains
- Elbow pain
- Knee injuries
Occasionally, players suffer eye injuries. Thankfully, these injuries are quite rare, as most players have the sense to wear goggles or wear sports glasses or contacts instead of their usual set of spectacles.
Consequences of dodgeball-related accidents
Depending on the type and severity of a dodgeball injury, recovery may be a long and painful process. Necessary treatments may include expensive physiotherapy or perhaps even surgery. A particularly bad dodgeball accident could also have a significant psychological effect necessitating counselling.
Causes of dodgeball injuries
In most cases, dodgeball-related injuries are inevitable consequences of the sport’s fast-paced action. Sometimes, however, players may throw balls badly and/or act recklessly or with malicious intent. Unsafe playing environments occasionally also cause dodgeball accidents. In such cases, injured players may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Right to claim
If you were injured while playing dodgeball in the past three years, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim if your injury was caused by:
- An unsafe playing environment
- Another player throwing a ball badly
- A player being intentionally malicious
- A player acting recklessly
Offering free, no-obligation compensation advice, we, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
To get helpful advice and find out how we can assist you, call our freephone helpline and speak to one of our friendly advisors today. Call 0800 689 0500 from any UK landline telephone or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Any details you provide during your call will be kept confidential.