The fight against childhood obesity in America has schools pushing participation in various physical activities, including sports. According to reports published in the online medical journal Medscape.com, “at least 25 million children engage in school sponsored sports,” while some 20 million children are involved in some sort of organized sports activity outside school (extracurricular).
“While the healthy trend successfully pulls out children from a sedentary lifestyle, the downside is that it has exposed our young to sports injuries such as TBI (traumatic brain injury),” said Scottsdale accident lawyer Michael Nysather.
Statistics report up to seven million sports related injuries to Americans, the highest incidence of which occurs in the 5-15 year old age group (59.3 injuries per thousand), followed by the 15-24 year old bracket (56.4 injuries per thousand). Compare these with the 25.9 injuries per thousand in the general population and it’s easy to see where the concern lies. While in many cases the injury may not be more than a scratch or a bruise, some injuries may cause irreversible damage and alter a child’s future.
“When a child suffers a sports related injury in school,” said Nysather, “parents most likely ask: Can we sue the school? Are sports coaches or adult supervisors liable for the personal injury?”
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