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Sports Injuries Affect the Elderly

Education on the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle as an older adult has increased exponentially in America in the last couple of decades.  Americans over the age of 65 are no longer living sedentary lives, but are joining gyms, taking fitness classes, and finding other ways to stay active.  Beginning in the 1990's, trends showed that older Americans frequently began looking past the standard treadmill workout and experimenting with team sports, and even extreme sports such as inline skating or snowboarding.  Accidents are more common among all participants in these types of sports, and older players are no exception.  If you are a senior citizen who has suffered a serious sports related injury, you may be able to recover for the injuries. An experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney can help you through the process of recovering financially.

 

Older people generally have weaker tendons, ligaments, and bones than younger people.  Therefore, a sports accident can likely cause a more serious injury in a person over the age of 65.  Since the early 2000's, the amount of reported sports related injuries in senior citizens has increased from 34,000 to 53,000, possibly due to the increased involvement in extreme sports.  Many older people who are in shape and who regularly participate in fitness activities may not recognize that, when they venture on to more extreme or contact team sports, the risk of injury increases, especially considering their advanced age.  The injury rate among older Americans who only participate in standard fitness activities, such as cardiovascular exercise, weight training, and bicycling, has also increased.  This may show that while senior citizens are attempting to remain in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle, they may not fully appreciate the additional risks of injury due to their advancing age.

 

Older Americans face the difficult conundrum that they should remain physically active, however are more prone to injuries as a result of staying active.  Gyms and fitness centers should make sure to educate seniors about the injury risks and to properly train them on all fitness equipment and in all fitness class activity.  Furthermore, elderly Americans should continue to live active lives, however they should make sure to take additional proper safety precautions, such as wearing a helmet or any other appropriate safety gear for their sport of choice, and properly learning how to use all fitness equipment.

 

If you are injured in a sports or exercise related activity that is not your fault, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation. As an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney, Shane Smith can help you recover from your injury so that you may continue your active  lifestyle.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia