Articles Posted in Sport Related Injuries

sports%20-%20football%20contact.jpgDeaths occurring from school athletic sports may be rare but they happen more often than one would think. In fact, there have been four deaths of high school football players in this season alone. Reggie Garrett, 17-year-old senior of Texas, jogged off the field after throwing his second touchdown pass. After giving his coach a low-five Reggie collapsed, a little over an hour later he was declared dead. In August, an 18-year-old South Carolina player died during a scrimmage game. According to a deputy coroner, the teen had an undetectable heart defect. In September, in Orlando, Florida, a 15-year-old player collapsed during practic and died after being rushed to the hospital. Finally, a 16-year-old lineman from Chickasha, Oklahoma died after collapsing on the field three days earlier.

List of the most dangerous games:

– Football. Among high school sports, football is the most dangerous. In 2009, 3 players were killed as a direct result from hits taken during a game or practice. Fifteen other players died as from indirect causes, such as an underlying medical condition or heat stroke.

sports%20football%20against%20grey%20background%20sports%20related%20injuries.jpgAfter being knocked out on the football field at Spruce Creek High School, Jordan Peterson’s heart stopped. It is speculated by medical professionals that Jordan experienced a rare event called commotio cordis. This is an event that occurs when a person gets hit in the chest at a precise moment during a heartbeat.

Most cases of commotio cordis are fatal. However, death and serious injuries can be avoided or significantly reduced if the rhythm of the victim’s heart is restarted by the use of an automated external defibrillator. This is what happened with Jordan – once Jordan was knocked out, his coaches immediately grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.

Dr. Tom Carson, an Orlando, Florida pediatric cardiologist, says speed is important in responding because of potential brain damage. In fact, according to Carson, for every minute your heart is stopped, the chance of sustaining brain damage increases by 10%. The sports most often associated with commotio cordis include baseball, lacrosse, hockey and martial arts – all of which involve a sharp blow to the chest. If you would like to read more on this story please see High school football player’s heart stopped after sustaining blunt chest trauma.

sports%20equipment%20with%20clipboard.jpgOrganized, school sports are just around the corner. It is our job as parents, coaches, teachers, guardians, etc. to ensure are children are in good health in order to reduce the risk or injury. According to Dr. Peter Indelicato, chief of the division of sports medicine in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s orthopedics department, the best way to keep children in the game for life is to warn young athletes and their parents to play it safe.

Youth sports-related injuries are reaching all-time high numbers. And, among middle and high school students the main cause of injury is overuse. The most common injuries in young athletes typically include strains, sprains and bruising.

Any young person interested in playing sports needs to have a physical examination before he or she is certified to play. The exam is a good time for parents and the young athlete to ask about any specific issues related to potential injuries.


Child safety advocates and parents are upset with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s position regarding pool and hot tub safety involving drains. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was enacted in 2007. This law required that public hot tubs and pools have drain covers and a back up system in place if the drain has an obstruction in place. The CPSC has interpreted this law to eliminate the need or requirement for a back up system. By having a back up mechanical system in place, suction related personal injuries and deaths to children can be prevented.

Some suction or drain related deaths have resulted right before the very eyes of parents who were rendered helpless by the mechanics, force, and physics of the situation. Safety measures are vital to protecting children in swimming pools and spas. While supervision is a key element to child safety, construction and mechanical standards are very important as well. You can read more about this story at Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Advocates Upset with CPSC Interpretation of Safety Standards.

parasail.jpgTwo children were injured in Destin, Florida after a line broke on a parasail. At the time of the incident, the parasail boat was being towed in due to bad weather. The children sustained minor injured and were taken to a hospital in Pensacola, Florida. The incident is being investigated to determine if charges will be brought.

An accident like this raises many legal issues:

What was the business’s procedures for bad weather?

Sports%20baseball%20bat%20glove%20and%20ball.jpgIn Florida and other States, children play organized sports throughout the year. Our great weather and facilities make Florida a haven of sorts for children who want to play sports. Go to any Florida community and you will find children playing football, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf and other sports. According to a report released by Safe Kids USA, there are more than 30 million children who participate in sports every year. With this vast number of children engaged in sports, there millions of injuries every year that are related to sports. In particular, there are approximately 3.5 million injured children who seek medical attention every year. There are some basic tips that a parent can follow that can help avoid a sports injury or lessen the impact of a sports injury. These include the following:

1. Have your child play different sports

Playing different sports through the year may help avoid the overuse of a body part. For instance, it may be a good idea to play tennis part of the year and soccer for the other part of the year.


Holidays are a time for family run, recreation, and sports. . . . They are also a time in which child suffer injuries ranging from minor child personal injuries (cuts, scratches, and minor bruises) to significant child personal injuries (fractures, brain injury, and death). A study completed by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio studied data from approximately 100 emergency room departments to determine the number and frequency of injuries resulting in emergency room treatment during holiday time periods. The study reported 5.7 million child holiday related injuries during the time period from 1997 – 2006. You can read more about this study at Labor Day Tops List of Holiday Related Child Personal Injuries.

When children are out of school or formal supervised activities, parents should be diligent in their supervision of children. It is well known that many children lack safety awareness and often times have poor safety judgment when engaged in recreational and sports activities.

While not all child personal injuries can be avoided since accidents do happen, we should all do all part to supervise children and step in when there is a potentially dangerous situation or activity engaged in by children.


In Florida and other States, millions of children participate in organized sports. Children play in team sports like basketball, baseball, football, soccer, or lacrosse. Children play in individual sports as well like tennis, golf, and bowling. While there are many health and social benefits to playing in sports, there are also some health and safety risks. While not all injuries can be avoided in sports or life for that matter, many injuries can be avoided with proper training, instruction, and supervision. The risks probably rise with age and the competitive nature of the sport. It was reported by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association that over 700,000 high school sport related injuries are reported every year. On a daily basis, there are 8,000 children seen, evaluated and treated in emergency rooms.

March is designated as National Athletic Training Month. It is important for NATA and other child safety advocates to get the message out about safety and sports. Parents should do their part to work with their children, coaches, and schools to help promote the safety and welfare of children engaged in sports. You can read more about children and sports related injuries at Safety – A Priority for Children Participating in Sports.


According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), a bicycle lane is defined as “a portion of a roadway (either with curb and gutter or a flush shoulder) which has been designated by striping, special pavement markings, and signing for the preferential use by bicyclists.” Since bike lanes are a relatively new phenomenon, some drivers are unsure of the driving laws surrounding them. Because both adults and children can ride their bikes in designated bicycle lanes, drivers should use caution and make sure they know the rules of the road.

Florida Statute 316.084 applies to cars passing on the right. The conditions under which passing on the right is allowed are as follows:

• When the passed vehicle has stopped and is indicating a left turn;

• When there is unobstructed pavement available of an appropriate width for a
motor vehicle, including one-way streets; or

• When the act of passing the other car may be done safely.

You can read a more in depth analysis of the Florida law as it pertains to cars driving in the bicycle lane at Passing on the Right Using a Bike Lane.

If your child has been injured in a bicycle, car or pedestrian accident, a consultation with a child injury lawyer could answer questions as to traffic statutes, negligence, fault, and responsibility for damages and bills resulting from such an accident.
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firearm%20gun%20bb%20gun%20pellet%20gun.jpgA Christmas gift allegedly turned ugly last week, when a young child was given a toy pellet gun. Unfortunately, the boy (with his new present) shot his cousin who is Autistic. Christopher Fred Cady, age 39, then took away the gun from the child who shot his autistic cousin. According to the news story reported in The Miami Herald, Cady then shot the boy to show the boy how it felt. While the boy was definitely wrong for shooting a helpless and defenseless autistic child, Mr. Cady was not justified in shooting the offending child in the chest to show the offending child how it felt.

According to the St. Lucie, Florida Sheriff’s Department, Cady has been charged with cruelty toward a child without great harm. Read more about this incident at Man accused of using pellet gun on boy as a lesson.

It is not clear what Cady’s relationship was to the children in question, or if either of the children were seriously hurt by the pellet gun shots. What is clear is that the child was either too young or too irresponsible to be given any type of gun for a Christmas present. Even “toy” pellet guns can cause serious harm and children should not be allowed to play with them without strict adult supervision.