For many pupils, cross-country running is a great chance to get outside the school gates and to try a different activity for once.
It is certainly very different from running around a track. It involves running across the countryside, perhaps using different terrain and steep slopes as well as following small trails and paths across fields. It certainly tests your skills as a runner and helps keep you active and alert, since you have to be aware of where you are going.
School cross-country injuries are very uncommon but that doesn’t mean they don’t occur. You may already have experience of this if your child has been injured in this sport at school. While many injuries will resolve themselves and heal in due course, some may be problematic and could keep them off school for a time.
What caused the accident to happen in the first place?
This is probably the first thing you will ask yourself if your child receives school cross-country injuries. Were they just unlucky? Or did negligence have a part to play in what happened?
Whenever a school plans to take a class cross-country running, they should first do a risk assessment. This is designed to assess the proposed route to ensure it is safe. For example, if the route goes very close to a railway line this would be a potential hazard and the route should be moved.
Alternatively the route may go down a steep embankment that would not be safe for a child to run down. If such hazards were ignored or a risk assessment was not done in the first place, negligence could then be proven.
Enjoying cross-country running
This type of running tests a very different set of skills to track running. As such it is a good learning experience for all children to try this out.
However there are some instances where children may run into problems and sustain an injury through no fault of their own.
If someone else was at fault there might be a chance for a compensation payment to be fought for.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with cases like this all the time. With 15 years’ experience we can provide you with no-obligation advice so you can find out whether you might be able to claim on behalf of your child. Why not call us now on 0800 689 0500 free to learn more?
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen