Freeclaim Solicitors, specialists in head injury claims, are calling for improved safety to prevent serious injuries received whilst playing sport.
One of the more worrying aspects of certain sports is the higher risk of receiving traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a sudden blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that causes disruption to the normal functioning of the brain. Symptoms will depend on the extent of damage to the brain. Serious cases of traumatic brain injury can result in coma or long periods of unconsciousness.
However, many sporting injuries, including serious head injuries, can be prevented by tackling the factors that increase their risk.
Some of the more dangerous sports and recreational activities include, amongst others, horse riding, cycling, rugby and other contact sports, cheerleading, water sports, skiing and snowboarding, boxing and Martial Arts.
Factors that can significantly increase the risk of head injuries include:
- Lack of protective equipment
- Competition – more injuries occur in competitive play than during training
- Inexperience and/or mismatched ability
- Poor coaching or supervision
- Decreased strength and stamina
- Aggressive play or reckless conduct
- The environment e.g. weather conditions on the slopes
- Length of time engaged in sport, including longer term brain damage caused in certain sports e.g. Boxing
There are a number of ways to help prevent the risk of head injuries during sport, including:
- The use of more appropriate sports equipment. This is particularly important for younger or new players to a sport. For example, using softer balls in cricket, lacrosse and baseball when training and developing your skills in a new sport.
- Better protection, including faceguards, helmets and goggles for example. The level of protection will depend on the sport itself. Both sporting equipment and protective equipment should always be regularly inspected and maintained.
- Reviewing the rules of play, safety guidelines and codes of practice. All sports clubs and associations should constantly review and update policies and rules to help promote safety and fair play.
- Improved training and education helps in awareness of developing skills and strength, awareness of the rules and ensuring fair play, awareness of safety requirements and awareness of risk and prevention of injuries.
- Improved training and education
Sporting and Head Injury Claims
Whether you are a professional, amateur or as a spectator, if you’ve suffered a serious injury whilst playing (or watching) sport, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. As sports injury lawyers, we need to prove your injuries were caused (or partly caused) by somebody else’s negligence, which can include for example, faulty equipment, lack of protection, poor playing surfaces, reckless conduct and poor coaching.
At Freeclaim Solicitors we have over 30 years’ experience dealing with complex sporting injury claims. For free, confidential advice, call today on 0800 612 7340 – we’re open 24 hours a day.
Freeclaim Solicitors. Specialists in head injury and sport injury claims.