Soccer has been called “the world’s religion”, well maybe not in the United States. However, the FIFA World Cup match between the USA and Portugal was the most watched soccer game in the United Sates, ever. Around 25 million people watched the game here, in the United States alone. One thing these 25 million viewers may have noticed is that injuries in soccer are very common. It is true that many of the injuries are exaggerated with the intent to draw a free kick or a yellow card. In fact, soccer players, not the Miami Heat, are responsible for perfecting the art of flopping.
Perhaps the most talked about injury right now comes from the recent Uruguay vs. Italy World Cup game. In this game, Uruguay forward Luis Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder; no card was given to Suarez. Uruguay went on to win the game and advance out of group play to the round of sixteen. On Thursday June, 26, 2014, the United States faced off against Germany. Germany won the game and consequently Group G. With the United State finishing second in group play, we advanced to the round of sixteen to play Belgium. In a thrilling match, the USA fell just short of victory. The 2014 World Cup was a tremendous success for the United States. We took revenge of Ghana, a tem who has been a thorn in our side for some time now; we survived the group of death and advanced to play Belgium where we came up just short. So until the next World Cup, as always, “I believe… I believe that we can win!”
On a more serious note, not all sports injuries are comical like the above mentioned biting incident, nor do they all involve flopping. Sports injuries can be some of the most devastating injuries experienced by professional athletes and amateur sports enthusiasts alike.
In Houston there are many recreational sports leagues. They are typically categorized by a players various skill level or age. Common injuries include dehydration and/or cramping, muscle tears, and sprained ligaments. More serious injuries include broken bones or knee injuries such as a torn ACL or MCL. Many sports leagues require you to carry your own health insurance before participating, and they usually require you to sign an assumption of the risk waiver. However, this is not always the case. No matter what your league requirements are, if you are injured it is advisable that you seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in personal injuries.
If you or someone you love have been injured while participating in a sporting event, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884.