Sports accidents are a major risk for young people, especially as students head back to school and begin to participate in sports after a summer off. It is essential that coaches and athletic directors take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of injury to young athletes. Parents also need to be aware of the dangers that their sons and daughters face and ensure that they are making smart choices when it comes to participation in athletic events.
According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, there are more than seven million high school athletes in the United States. Elementary and middle school students also routinely engage in organized sports activities. In fact, there are around 40 million young athletes between ages 6 and 18 who play organized sports.
Unfortunately, there is always a chance that these young people could be seriously hurt as a result of sporting accidents. Each year, an estimated 8,000 visits to the emergency room occur because kids are hurt in sporting accidents. In addition, there are around 715,000 injuries among high school athletes.
A national study which looked at data from the 2012 to 2013 school year found that there were:
Prevention of injuries is essential to prevent children from having potentially life-long or life-threatening health consequences due to participation in sports. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association has provided back-to-school safety tips to assist parents, athletes and coaches with reducing the risk of young players getting hurt. Advice includes:
By following these tips, hopefully fewer young people will be hurt as they head back to school and resume playing sports this year.
If you or a loved one has suffered any kind of personal injury due to the negligence of another party, contact Metzger Wickersham law firm today for a free and confidential consultation.