Organized sports are an important and enjoyable part of the lives of millions of American. Unfortunately, many athletes incur serious injuries while engaged in sports. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, each year in the United States:
- Roughly ten percent of physically-active adults suffer a sports-related injury
- High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 30,000 hospitalizations
- More than 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries
The experienced legal team here at Lewis & Keller is ready to fight for those who have sustained a sports-related injury due to the negligence of another person or entity. We have the experience and legal knowledge to properly handle sports injury lawsuits, and can help North Carolina victims get maximum financial compensation.
If you or one of your loved ones has suffered a sports injury, you may be eligible for financial recourse, even if you signed a waiver of liability. Contact us today to have your case evaluated by one of our sports injury attorneys.
Common Sports Injuries
Sports injuries do vary according to the sport, the type of physical activity required, and the age of the athlete. Although certain sports are usually associated with specific injuries, there are certain injuries that are common among all sports. The most sustained types of sports injuries are:
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are the two most common sports-related injuries. When a ligament is stretched beyond its own capacity and tears, a sprain has occurred. A strain, on the other hand, is when a muscle or tendon has been stretched or torn.
The largest joint in the body is the knee and it can be easily injured. In fact, approximately fifty-five percent of sports related injuries are to the knee. These injuries can range from a minor strain to a torn ligament. The most extreme form of knee injury occurs when the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is torn. This will usually require surgery and physical rehabilitation. ACL injuries occur in sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction.
Muscle swelling can occur when a muscle is injured and its fibers are damaged. It can either be caused by direct trauma or from a muscle strain. Direct trauma to muscles is common in contact sports.
Achilles Tendon Injuries
The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body. It connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel and can cause sudden and extreme pain if stretched, torn, or irritated. These types of injuries usually happen in sports that require quick acceleration such as basketball, football, and soccer.
Shin Splints/Shin Pain
Shin splints, also known tibial periostitis, is a term widely used to refer to pain along the shin bone. These injuries occur when one begins running regularly after not having done so for a long period of time, putting excess strain on the lower muscles. Shin splints are primarily seen in runners.
Bone fractures occur due to high force or stress on a bone which causes it to fracture or break. These can be the result of a one-time injury (acute fractures) or from repeated stress to the bone over time (stress fractures).
Dislocations occur when two bones that meet at a joint become separated and move from their normal positions. They are normally incurred following a sudden impact to a joint, usually after a blow, fall, or other trauma. Symptoms may include intense pain, limited movement, and bruising. The dislocated joint may also be visibly out of place.
Don’t hesitate to get immediate medical treatment for all of the injuries listed above. If not attended to, they can all cause serious issues.
Sports Injury Prevention
Athletic activity and competition can be a great way to release stress, improve health, form relationships, get rid of unwanted fat, and improve your physical and mental well-being. Here are some steps you can take to lower your chance of injury:
- Always warm up and stretch properly before starting any physical activity.
- Have a cool down period after exercise to allow your heart and breathing rate to gradually return to normal levels.
- Wear properly fitted shoes and make sure your laces are tied correctly.
- Stop exercising immediately if you are feeling dizzy or faint.
- Stay adequately hydrated.
- Wear appropriate protective gear and equipment, especially helmets.
- Avoid engaging in physical activity when very tired or in pain.
- Consult your physician before beginning any new physical activity.
- Learn the proper form and technique for the sport you are playing.
- Take at least one or two days off a week from competitive sports to allow for better physical recovery.
There is no way to completely prevent sports-related injuries, but these are great guidelines to help you stay out on the field and away from the hospital.
Sports Injury Recovery & Treatment
The medical treatment and necessary recovery period will, of course, depend upon the type and severity of injury sustained. An injury may require treatment as simple as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as R.I.C.E.) or drugs, surgery, and physical rehabilitation. Seek immediate medical treatment after incurring an athletic-related injury.
Filing Sports Injury Lawsuits with Our NC Firm
Sports injuries can cause severe pain and leave you with massive medical bills. You may also find it difficult to perform the necessary duties of your job, get around by yourself, and complete basic daily tasks.
Here at Lewis & Keller, we help those in North Carolina who have been injured by the negligence of another while engaged in athletic competition. We can help you navigate the legal process and get the justice and financial compensation that you deserve.
From our office in Winston-Salem, we proudly serve the citizens of North Carolina and the following communities:
- High Point, N.C.
- Greensboro, N.C.
- Lexington, N.C.
- Salisbury, N.C.
- Raleigh, N.C.
- …and surrounding areas
Contact us today at 866-299-1769 to speak with our intake team and get quickly connected to the attorney that can best handle your specific case.