Playing wheelchair rugby can be incredible fun, but it can also be very dangerous. Wheelchair rugby was actually known as “murderball” for several years because of its aggressive nature, so it’s no wonder that accidents occur. The sport is known for its fast-paced brutality and is often seen as a fusion of Formula One, rugby, chess and basketball. The game won a big audience at the 2012 Paralympics and was first launched in the 1970s when quadriplegics in Canada decided to put a new twist on wheelchair basketball.
The risks of playing wheelchair rugby
When players capsize due to clashes, they can be left stranded upside down until they are made upright by assistants. Clashes can be severe and the chances of accidents occurring high. One of the reasons for the game’s fast-pace is that the fact that teams only have 40 seconds to score after winning possession. If a chair is damaged, fixers only have one minute to fix it. This explains why attacks can be so brutal.
Common injuries sustained in wheelchair rugby include skin abrasions, strains and contusions. Injuries to the shoulder, arm, forearm and wrist are incredibly common. Many wheelchair athletes sustain injuries due to muscular imbalances.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we may be able to help if you’ve been injured whilst playing wheelchair rugby and it wasn’t your fault. If you were using faulty facilities or playing on an uneven surface, there’s a big chance we will be able to assist you. We have a great deal of experience when it comes to getting compensation for wheelchair athletes who have been injured due to no fault of their own and you don’t need any money to start a claim with us as we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Accident Advice Helpline has been a huge part of the personal injury claims sector for the last 16 years. We have helped many people get compensation after they’ve been hurt playing wheelchair rugby.
Get in touch today
There are two main ways to find out if you’re likely to be eligible to claim and see how much compensation you could receive. Firstly, you can take the 30-second test on our website. If you’re ready to speak to an advisor right away, you can give us a call on 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re using your mobile. Why not contact us right now?
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice