Football is easily considered a national institution by American fans, a sport where athletes are revered and idolized. Over 39 million young males and 21,500 young females participated in the sport at the high school level in the 2010 – 2011 season, along with more than 2 million college males, according to data from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSI) here at the University of North Carolina (UNC).
Unfortunately, football is also the sport associated with the greatest number of catastrophic injuries, and at least one football-related fatality has occurred every year on record, aside from 1990. Although there are few catastrophic or fatal injuries that occur in football each year, there is a large number of minor, common football injuries that are typical in the sport.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury while participating in football, you may have grounds to pursue damages in a personal injury claim. The legal team at Lewis & Keller has the talent and experience to pursue justice on your behalf, and has over 150 years of legal experience.
Common Types of Football Injuries
In the 2010 – 2011 football season, there were 16 fatalities and over 30 catastrophic injuries in sandlot, pro / semipro, high school or college football players.
Some of the most common types of injury that football players sustain include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck trauma
- Heart attack / trauma
- Back pain / strain
- Blood clot
- Heat stroke
- Cervical spinal damage
- Broken bones
- Orthopedic damage, e.g. knee injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Head trauma
Although there are a greater number of common types of football injuries than in other sports, the injury rate for football players is third, following only sports injuries in gymnasts and ice hockey players.
Symptoms of Possible Injury
Despite the extensive amount of equipment that a football player must wear, and the rules and regulations geared toward safety and protecting players from injury, the physicality of this contact sport can easily lead to injury.
Some symptoms of a potential bodily injury include:
- Blurriness / vision changes
- Challenges in concentration
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain at site of impact
- Unusual balance
If you or your family member is a football player experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries, especially those affecting the head, may not present symptoms for several hours, but can lead to complications. It is always wise to eliminate any possible damage or receive a correct diagnosis.
Most Dangerous Positions in Football
Although football in general seems to be a dangerous sport, undoubtedly there are particular player positions that are more at risk for injury, especially those that are highly active on-field. The football positions that are most susceptible to catastrophic injury, according to historical data provided by the NCCSI, include:
- Defensive Back (34.6%)
- Unknown (21.1%)
- Linebacker (9.5%)
- Kick-off Team (9.2%)
- Offensive Back (5.8%)
- Kick-off Return (4%)
- Defensive Line (3.4%)
- Quarterback (3.1%)
- Defensive End (2.1%)
- Wide Receiver (1.8%)
- Drill (1.8%)
- Offensive Lineman (1.8%)
- Punt Coverage (0.9%)
- Flanker (0.6%)
- Punt Return (0.3%)
Data also exhibits that most injuries are sustained during tackling, whether to the player on the assault or the one being tackled. Other situations which led to injury or death included blocking and drills.
Contact Our North Carolina Sports Injury Attorneys
When an injury occurs during a sporting event, especially to a young person, it can be shocking and even tragic. If you or a loved one has sustained one of the common football injuries while playing the sport here in North Carolina, Lewis & Keller is here for you.
Although there is an implied risk of injury in football and in most situations, a damage waiver may be in place, there are still situations where another party could be liable for the trauma suffered. If your football injuries could have been prevented with adequate safety equipment or proper supervision, you may have cause for a claim.
At Lewis & Keller, we have a long-standing tradition of defending North Carolina victims and fighting for their justice. We are proud to be a part of the community and defend the rights of our neighbors through our office in Winston-Salem, and we accept clients from the following areas:
- High Point
- …and cities and towns throughout NC
Find out how we can help you in your time of need. Call 866-299-1769 now to discuss your legal rights and options with our professionals.