Posts Tagged ‘catastrophic injuries’

Court Rules Cheerleading is a Contact Sport

Ruling affects unintentional injury claims

The Wisconsin Supreme'Uhhh... sorry Lincoln, this table is for equipment managers for the sports teams. I don't think cheerleading counts as a sport... yeesh, what a nerd.' Court ruled that a cheerleader who was dropped by her male teammate can’t sue him under state law. Wisconsin has a state law the prevents participants in contact sports from suing other potentially negligent participants for unintentional injuries.

NCAA studies on catastrophic injuries support the proposition that cheerleading is the leading source of catastrophic injuries including death, paralysis, and other disabilities. The most common cause of such injuries is contact with floor and contact with another participant.

Source: Wisconsin Court Bars Cheerleader’s Injury Suit Against Teammate

Catastrophic Injury Survey Results

Amateur baseball rates are low

All sports entail some element of risk of catastrophic injury. However, the frequency of such catastrophic injuries is surprisingly low in amateur baseball. To summarize, the overall rate of catastrophic injuries such as deaths and disabilities is only one per one million participants.

Our insurance clients, Dixie Youth Baseball and Dixie Boys/Majors Baseball,  participated in a study by completing a survey form on an annual basis that requires the reporting of any catastrophic injury. Other participating organizations include American LegionLittle League, Babe Ruth, PONY, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, NCAA,  the National Baseball Congress, the National Federation Of State High School Associations, National Junior College Athletic Association, the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, the American Amateur Baamateur baseball insuranceseball Congress, Cape Cod Baseball, and the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

“The final report includes eighteen years of data collection from 1989 through 2006. Participation numbers for that period of time included 82,687,876 amateur baseball players in 13 organizations. Catastrophic injuries for that same period of time included 39 fatalities, 26 disability injuries, and 30 injuries with complete recovery. The catastrophic injury rate for the eighteen years is 0.11 injuries per 100,000 participants or approximately one injury per 1,000,000 participants. This figure is very low. The eighteen year injury rate for fatalities was 0.05 per 100,000 participants, 0.03 for disability injuries, and 0.04 for serious or recovery injuries.”

See the report by USA Baseball Medical and Safety Committee and National Center on Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.