While the professional soccer players are competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, good weather at home means that parks are filled with people playing amateur sports. Playing amateur sports is fun and great exercise, but injuries are unfortunately relatively common.
In many cases, the person who is hurt in a sporting activity can’t recover from anyone for their injuries. Courts see most types of sports-related injuries as inherent to the activity; if you choose to play the sport, you’re assuming the risk (or agreeing to the possibility) of getting hurt. Therefore, it is very difficult to recover when you get hurt engaging a rigorous recreational activity.
There are, however, some circumstances that could place responsibility elsewhere. Some injuries are caused by unreasonably aggressive behavior that is not normal for a sports injury. If a football player on an opposing team punches you in the mouth, you could still potentially pursue a successful claim against him because his actions were unreasonable, unexpected, intentional, and harmful.
Your injury might also be caused by some sports equipment malfunction. If a piece of equipment fails and causes your injury (or makes it worse), you could bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. If either of these scenarios may apply to you, call our office for a consultation at 205-324-1212.
Ultimately, try to avoid injury during your backyard summer pick-up games; getting the referee to call a foul may be your only method of recourse. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe while having fun:
- Make sure you and your children are up-to-date with a medical physical in order to rule out any risks related to medical issues.
- Stay Hydrated! Keep bottles of water or coolers of water on hand for all participants.
- Properly Stretch. Make sure athletes take the time to warm up and cool down before and after practices and games in order to prevent muscle sprains and/or tears.
- An off-season is important, too. It is recommended that kids get 10 consecutive weeks of rest from any one sport every year. Playing different sports throughout the year is OK.
- Respect the off-season. The Executive Director of the International Youth Conditioning Association, Brian Grasso, stated “true athletic development and the ascension to becoming a better athlete isn’t possible without one (off-season).”
- It’s also a good idea for coaches to get certified in first aid and CPR, learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion and help avoid overuse injury by resting players during practices and games.
- Be sure someone on the field, participating or not, is CPR and first aid certified. Concussions and overuse are common injuries during practices and games; being able to identify symptoms is crucial.