When it comes to youth sports injuries, concussions are at the top of most people’s minds. However, there are other, equally damaging injuries facing young people who participate in sports.
We put together a few articles on the topic of youth sports injuries to highlight some if the current issues parents are facing.
Sacramento community mourns the loss of 12-year-old basketball player
A middle school aged boy was practicing with his team like he did every other Friday night when tragedy struck. News of the shocking death led Dr. Stuart Berger, chief of pediatric cardiology and vice chairman of pediatrics at UC Davis Children’s Hospital to say, “this is something that’s not common, but it’s not incredibly rare either.” The cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest, which is found in roughly 1 of every 100,000 children.
To play or not play, that is the question
Many parents have taken steps to prevent their children from getting seriously injured while playing sports. Some parents have purchased every piece of protective equipment available. Other parents have gone as far as to not allow their children to play the sports they grew up playing. Ultimately, there doesn’t seem to be a cure-all for preventing injuries and even death in youth sports.
Preventing sudden cardiac death in kids
Loss of life in youth sports is nearing an alarming level. Currently, sudden cardiac deaths annually claim the lives of 1,500 – 2,000 children and teens who play sports in the United States. Armed with that information, parents face the dilemma of allowing their kids to play sports or not. Realizing the social benefits for young people who play sports, some parents are taking preventative steps to safeguard against the tragic nature of death.
Has your child suffered a severe personal injury or wrongful death while involved in an organized sport? Do you think the accident was caused by the negligence of the coach or some other party involved in the organization?
At the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen, we have more than 30 years of experience getting results for youth sports injury victims and other accident victims in Southern California.
Contact us today to let our lawyers answer your questions.