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sports, youth, assumption of risk, San Jose personal injury attorneyIn many towns throughout California and across the country, Friday nights during the fall mean just one thing: high school football. The sport, for a large number of communities, has grown to become more than just recreation or competition; it has become a cultural institution with roots that are several generations deep. Youth sports, of course, begin well before high school, with kids as young as four or five years old starting to play T-ball or soccer. During a practice or contest, young athletes often get hurt, and, as most coaches would say, injuries are part of the game. It is important, though, for parents to understand what constitutes “part of the game” and what is meant by the assumption of risk.

Risks Inherent to the Activity

Every sport or physical activity presents the possibility of certain types of injuries. Some, of course, may be more severe than others, but are still within the accepted parameters of the sport. For example, a baseball or softball player is susceptible to being hit by a thrown or batted ball. Similarly, a young athlete playing football is subject to violent physical contact, which can lead to broken bones and head injuries, all well within the rules of the game.

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