The most recent news concerning injuries caused by participation in sports is focused on professional athletes who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Many reports have focused on the serious damage that can be caused by participation in these high-impact sports. However, these injuries are not isolated to individuals playing these sports on a national level. Instead, these injuries happen on an everyday basis to kids of all ages who engage in these activities.
Millions of children ranging from pre-school through college participate in sports, both recreationally and competitively. Although getting injured in some sports is par for the course, some serious injuries can be prevented. It is important that children are instructed on the correct and safe ways to play sports when they are participating in a league, since if not, the harm sustained can be lifelong.
Many parents are mandated to sign release of liability forms before registering their children for sports. However, as with many things, there are exceptions to the enforceability of those waiver forms. A parent or guardian who wishes to file a lawsuit on behalf of their child must first narrow down who exactly is responsible for the injury. That may be the coach, the organization, or the league. In some situations, it is all of these parties, and maybe even others. Then, the parent must be able to show that the alleged defendant was actually negligent and that the party’s negligence caused their child’s injuries.