Posted on February 25, 2014 in Personal Injury
Playing sports is supposed to be an enjoyable outlet for children. When an approximately two million injuries occur every year, leading to a half of a million doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations for our youth, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons want youth athletic associations to try to prevent some of the injuries.
Typical sports injuries
Sports injuries vary significantly depending on the sport and the age of the athlete. A 45-year-old weekend warrior playing flag football is likely to suffer very different injuries from a high school basketball star. Nevertheless, the following are common injuries that occur in most sports:
- Sprains and strains: Sprains or stretched and ripped ligaments and strains are stretched and ripped tendons.
- Knee damage: Being the largest joint, the knee is easily injured, as reflected in the statistic that 55 percent of sports injuries involve the knees.
- Swollen muscles: When muscles suffer from direct trauma or a muscle strain, swelling occurs.
- Achilles tendon injuries: The quick acceleration that is required in most sports causes the largest tendon, connecting the calf to the heel, to be stretched or torn.
- Shin splints: When a person begins to run regularly, they may suffer from pain in the shin bone.
- Broken bones: Broken bones can occur in any sport.
- Dislocations: High contact sports such as football frequently cause dislocations.
North Carolina enacts a law to protect student-athletes
In 2011, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue enacted the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act by signing a bill named after two student athletes who died after suffering from head injuries. Focusing on concussions and other head injuries, the law consists of the following key provisions:
- Training: The law requires several associations to develop a sport concussion safety training program for coaches, nurses, athletic directors, athletes and parents.
- Education and consent: The state board of education was directed to distribute a head injury information sheet and require a signature reflecting consent by student-athletes and their parents.
- No return policy: If a student shows signs of head injury, they must be removed from play and not allowed to return until they have been examined and received a written clearance from a professional medical practitioner
- Emergency plan: Each school must develop an emergency action plan to deal with serious injuries.
Sports injuries can lead to a stack of medical bills and hurt a person’s ability to work. If negligence caused your injury, you may be able to collect damages. Call the Charlotte personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian deBrun LLP today.