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The Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports Your Child Can Play

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Before you sign your child up to play sports, consider this: according to a report published by the Youth Sport Safety Alliance, Soccer Player on the Ground After Being Hit in the Head120 sports-related deaths in young people occurred between the years 2008 and 2009, with 49 in 2010, and 39 and 2011. Additionally, approximately 8,000 youth are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries.

Since January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month, it’s also important to take a closer look at how traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect youth athletes. According to the same report, between the years of 2008 and 2009, 400,000 brain injuries occurred during the school year, and concussion rates nearly doubled among kids ages 8 to 19 who participated in sports like basketball, football, and soccer during the years between 1997 and 2007—even though participation rates in those sports declined.

The Most Dangerous Sports for Kids to Participate in

Although TBIs are certainly some of the scariest injuries that can occur among children, they aren’t the only cause for concern and potential for a wrongful death. Here, we list the top 10 most dangerous sports for children to participate based on the amount of injuries they cause each year:

  • Track and Field
  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Football

Just how dangerous are these sports? In 2009, more than 248,000 children visited emergency rooms for concussions and other TBIs caused by recreational sports. Furthermore, a 2011 study of United States high schools revealed that in schools with at least one athletic trainer on staff, concussions accounted for nearly 15 percent of all sports-related injuries reported to the athletic trainers.

We Can Help You After a Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, even with the best supervision—the worst can still happen. When a child dies, there are no words that can comfort the parents. However, you can hold the person responsible for the death accountable. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP want to help you fight for your child’s rights and get the justice you deserve. Speak with a legal professional today about your case by calling 800-237-3334.


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