The high jump is difficult to achieve because of the twisting and turning motion you have to complete to go over the bar. Many children will remember trying this at school and it is not easy. However some do enjoy it and go on to become quite good at it. Very few school high jump injuries occur in schools today because every measure is taken to ensure injuries are rare. When the proper equipment is used and there is a safe landing zone in place for pupils, there should be no risk of injury.
Of course there can be potential hazards around that could potentially cause injuries if they are not identified and sorted out. For example the landing mat is very important because it must be able to cushion those who do the high jump and land on it. If it is not fit for purpose it could potentially be very dangerous.
Are school high jump injuries common?
Thankfully no. Proper teaching methods ensure pupils know how to do the high jump safely and can fall properly onto the mat. Furthermore a risk assessment would usually be performed for this activity prior to it taking place. This will ensure any potential hazards are noted and can therefore, be dealt with.
This should apply to all sports and thankfully the vast majority of those responsible for health and safety matters in schools take their duties and responsibilities very seriously in these areas. This alone should reduce the potential for injuries to occur in any sporting event, including the high jump.
Of course it is important to remember that many kids enjoy all kinds of sports – and school is a common place to be introduced to many of these. Staying safe in sporting lessons of all kinds is generally very easy and is something that is focused on at all times.
If your child has received an injury while taking part in the high jump – or indeed in any other sport – it is worth considering what happened to lead to that injury. Accident Advice Helpline may be able to identify potential negligence in your case, which is why it is important to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Call now free of charge on our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 to find out where you stand.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at school