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Protecting Young Athletes Against Sports Injuries In Oregon

For young athletes, sports provide a form of fun and physical fitness while teaching important lessons in life. As children get older, their abilities could provide for scholarships and even a lucrative career. Unfortunately, sports injuries can derail their plans, negatively impacting their health and well-being for years to come. Our Oregon personal injury attorneys share some important tips on how to protect them. 

Factors That Increase In Oregon Sports Injury Risks

According to Stanford Children’s Health, roughly 30 million children and teens participate in some type of organized sports activities. Unfortunately, more than 10 percent end up suffering serious personal injuries each year as a result. Roughly one-third of all children’s injuries in general are sports-related. Falls, collisions with other players, being struck by balls or other objects, and overexertion are among the most common causes. 

Children’s sports injuries can happen while engaged in all types of activities, but they are particularly common with baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, and football. During the fall and winter seasons, when children are more likely to engage in more aggressive, contact sports activities, injury rates skyrocket. Factors that increase the risk include: 

  • Not providing proper training to young athletes;
  • Not allowing time for warm-ups and practice;
  • Not providing helmets, pads, and other safety equipment;
  • Not providing the proper surfaces for play;
  • Not providing water or rest periods;
  • Not benching injured players and not getting them proper medical care. 

Compensation For Sports Injuries In Oregon

Sports injuries in Oregon are a serious matter and can have major impacts on your child’s health, both now and in the years to come. According to Medline Plus, among the most common include: 

  • Back and neck injuries, such as fractured vertebrae or herniated discs;
  • Broken bones, often impacting sensitive, slow-to-heal areas such as the arms, wrists, legs, ankles, or hips;
  • Dislocated joints, common in the elbows, shoulders, or knees; 
  • Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries, capable of causing permanent paralysis;
  • Torn muscles or tendons, and other soft tissue injuries. 

These types of injuries can be devastating for young athletes, dashing their dreams for the future while resulting in ongoing disabilities. When they happen due to negligence on the part of sports program directors, coaches, staff members, or others involved, you have the right to hold them accountable. By filing a personal injury claim in Oregon, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other losses. 

Reach Out And Contact Our Oregon Sports Injury Attorneys

Sports injuries are a serious matter that can impact your child for years to come. Unfortunately, they happen on a regular basis and are often due to negligence on the part of others involved. At the Johnston Law Firm, we help you hold those at-fault accountable and get the compensation your child needs to recover in a claim. Reach out and call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Oregon sports injury attorneys online and request a consultation to discuss your options today.


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.