Recovering From Sports Injuries
Steve Cochrane takes at look at how we might incur an injury whilst participating in our favourite sport, the circumstances that might allow you to claim compensation for the injury and the steps to take to minimise incurring an injury.
Taking part in sporting activity is something which is good for both your body and mind. The physical effects are fairly obvious, but the psychological boost provided by activity of this kind cannot be overestimated. Whether you cycle, take part in a Sunday football league, play tennis or any one of the thousands of amateur sporting activities available throughout the UK, the sheer act of getting out and about has been shown to boost levels of confidence whilst helping to ward off depression and anxiety. It is only right to accept that there is an occasional downside, however, in the form of sporting injuries. No matter how careful you are it is impossible to guarantee you will always be safe, particularly since you are relying on fellow participants or organisers being just as diligent.
If you injure yourself and it was your own fault, or merely an unfortunate accident, then there is really nothing else to do but dust yourself down and vow to be more careful in the future. If your injury came about as the result of someone else's negligence, however, then you may well be in a position to make a claim for compensation. The negligence in question could take many different forms. It might be that the equipment you were using had not been maintained properly, the playing surface itself was left in an unsafe condition or perhaps an opponent launches a challenge which was vindictive and reckless in nature. Other contributory factors may well be a coach pushing you too hard or working you without a sufficient warm up. No matter what the individual circumstances are, if someone else has made a mistake which leaves you physically injured then it is only fair that you should not be the one who has to keep on paying.
If you can demonstrate that someone else was negligent, and that this led to your injury, then you may well receive a sum of money. The actual amount will be calculated on the basis of the type and severity of your injury, plus an amount designed to ensure that you do not end up being out of pocket. This means that you will be compensated for expenses such as medical bills, travel costs and the purchase of medication, as well as an amount to reimburse you for any wages which you have lost. The vast majority of sporting injuries are dealt with via a programme of treatment which includes a period of rest. In many cases, this rest will preclude you being able to go out and earn a living, and compensation will ensure that you and your family can be provided for until such time as you are able to work again.
Of course, as helpful as compensation may be, there is nothing quite as effective as not getting injured in the first place and there are specific steps which can be taken to maximise your chances of achieving this. The first of these is to treat even minor injuries as soon as they occur, rather than ignoring them in the hope that they will go away - a tactic which will generally only make things worse. On top of this, you should avoid exertion when you are already feeling exhausted and should always make sure that you maintain sufficient levels of hydration. In terms of avoiding injury through negligence it is important to check all of the equipment you are using before staring - particularly, for example, if you are going to take a bicycle out on the road. This also includes monitoring the maintenance of the playing surface you are using and of any specialised clothing you have to wear.
Sports injuries can run the gamut from minor twists and sprains all the way up to broken bones or severe physical trauma. You can never completely eliminate the risk, particularly when dealing with the actions of other people, but you can take the time and trouble to keep yourself as safe as possible.
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About the Author
Steve Cochrane is a free lance writer who has an interest in a wide variety of subjects and a passion for expressing his interests in words.
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