Skateboarding & Extreme Sports
Now that skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, motocross and other extreme sports are on the rise, so are extreme sports injuries. Televised extreme sports events such as "X Games" have caught the attention of many young people who want to fly through the air on a board or bike. The increase in risk associated with these sports means an increase in the potential for severe injuries.
- Every year in the U.S. skateboarding injuries cause about 50,000 visits to the emergency room
- 60% of skateboard injuries involve children under the age of 15
Snowboarding sent almost 150,000 people to emergency rooms & doctor's offices in 2007
From 2001-2004, approximately 23,800 motocross riders under the age of 19 were injured each year
How to prevent extreme sports injuries
- Stay in good physical shape and warm up your body before practicing or competing
- Do not try to imitate what you see on TV - practice and work your way up!
- When practicing extreme sports, always have a partner to assist or watch over you
- Wear appropriate protective gear
- Ensure equipmentis in proper working order
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Don't overdo it - make sure your muscles get enough rest
- Learn how to fall to minimize injury to your body
- Pay attention to weather forecasts
Sports Equipment Defects, Defective Product Litigation
As with traditional sports, the activity itself brings with it a certain amount of risk for injury. But when equipment is not manufactured with high safety standards or the environment in which the sport is engaged has not been properly maintained, the risk of preventable injury greatly increases. Defective products can be a major cause of extreme sports accidents.
If your child has sustained a sports injury due to someone else's carelessness, please contact our experienced sports injury lawyers to discuss your child's rights. Our attorneys are passionate about the rights and welfare of young people, and we want to ensure your child or loved one is afforded every opportunity.
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