Sports and Athletic Injuries

Health and wellness is an important aspect of our daily lives. More and moreinitiatives pop up in our government as we aim to fight common health issues, such as obesity. One way people are encouraged to improve their health and welfare is by taking part in sports.
People join sports teams for different reasons: they want to be healthier, their families encourage them to, they want to be famous, or they’ve always been passionate about the sport. But just like with most activities in life, sports don’t come without their risk of personal injuries.

If you are an active athlete and have been injured while playing a sport due to the negligence of another athlete, a defective product or for any other reason, contact one of our aggressive athletic and sports injury lawyers today for legal counsel and help with your claim.

University of Central Florida: Ereck Plancher’s Wrongful Death

In 2008, Orlando’s University of Central Florida (UCF) experienced tragedy when one of their football players, Ereck Plancher, collapsed and died on the field during practice. Depositions taken by attorneys involved in the case allegedly found that no water was available to Plancher and that no coaches intervened or gave help.

Who is responsible in this case? The university? The coaches? Whose negligence caused the young athletes wrongful death? Issues like this have come up in the past, as well. Young athletes have died or been hospitalized from exhaustion and dehydration. Certain individuals and entities: coaches, instructors, schools, gym facilities often have a responsibility to properly inform and protect their students, clients and customers.

Injury-Inclined Sports

Whenever you physically exert your body, you risk injury. Sports are especially strenuous on muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body, but some may be even more strenuous than others. Here are some sports that may be more inclined to personal injury claims:
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Skiing / Snowboarding
  • Skateboarding
  • Racing
If you are involved in one of these sports, whether it’s at school, professionally, or for recreational purposes, you’re probably familiar with the strain these activities put on your body, and the possible injuries that could result.

Common Sports Injuries

Many of the sports listed above—and even more—may have many different types of injuries associated with them. Athletic injuries caused by sudden stops and changes in direction may include ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) injuries in the knees. Athletes may also experience brain injuries when their sport requires a lot of physical contact or prolonged heat exposure, such as concussions, skull fractures, or bleeding on the brain.

Other ways an individual may be hurt by athletic injuries are:
  • Sprains and strains
  • Groin pulls
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Herniated discs
  • Shin splints
  • Whiplash and more

We almost always hope that no one will be hurt while playing a sport, especially one that’s particularly physical, but if you’ve ever watched sports on TV, you know that’s not always the case. Your injury may have been caused wholly or in part by another individual or entity. That’s why it’s important to talk with a personal injury attorney.

The Central Florida personal injury lawyers at the Coye Law Firm understand that serious injuries can be stressful, life-changing, and may leave you with expensive medical bills and maybe even lost wages. Contacting us today may give you the opportunity to recover those losses and get yourself back to the active life you’ve always enjoyed.