Why are school athletics injury claims on the increase?
Did you know that school athletics injury claims are increasing, year by year? Is this because we are becoming more litigious as a nation, or is there a more scientific reason? Below, let’s look at the kind of school athletics injury claims we see coming through the civil courts…
What types of school athletics injury claims are there?
- Trauma or acute injuries
Acute injuries are sudden and caused by a trauma. They could be caused by collisions, such as you would see in rugby or football. An acute injury can include a sprain, strain, bruise or fracture. An acute sports injury could result in a claim if the injury was caused as a result of poor management of the sport or negligence on the part of the teacher leading the sport.
- Over-use injuries
An over-use injury is caused by a repetitive sport activity, or so much practice of a sport that the body is not able to relax sufficiently and heal. For example, constantly practicing throwing a javelin or netball would put strain on the shoulder, elbow and wrist. An over-use injury claim could be considered if a repetitive activity is enforced at school with little or no regard to the need to warm up and rest muscles between practice periods.
Concussion is a trauma to the brain. When an athlete is involved in a collision, the blow to their head or body may cause their brain to be traumatised within their skull. Some athletic coaches may be insufficiently trained to recognise concussion, which can appear in any sport, and may therefore not provide appropriate medical support and advice. This may result in the athlete returning to sport when they are not fit, perhaps causing further trauma, leading to personal injury claims.
- Catastrophic injuries
Some sports are intrinsically risky, particularly sports performed at height, such as horse-riding, or contact sports involving speed, such as rugby or wrestling. There are ways to avoid catastrophic injuries, by using the right safety equipment and receiving the right training. But when catastrophic injuries occur through negligence or poor supervision, school athletics injury claims can sometimes follow.
So why are school athletics injury claims increasing in the UK?
The increase in school athletics claims is directly related to the increase in both sports participation and the dedication with which students practice their sports. Sport has become very competitive and in pursuit of being the best, more and more students are suffering from over-use injuries. This could indicate that they are not receiving the guidance they need in relation to safe practice and the way their bodies work and react to repetitive exercise.
Getting help from Accident Advice Helpline
We have been making successful claims for over 15 years’ and among the many thousands of innocent victims we have assisted to win compensation, there have been many related to sporting injuries.
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Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Accident at school