It’s lacrosse season. I learned to love the sport while watching my youngest son Nico play in middle school. He went on to play JV and Varsity lacrosse at Geneva High School in Geneva, New York where we live. I witnessed many games. It’s a fast and furious sport, “the fastest game on foot” as its fans say.
As in any sport, especially one where a very hard ball is being tossed around at speeds above 60 miles per hour, lacrosse has its risks.
I remember back a few years ago a Buffalo NY Lacrosse player died when the ball hit him right in the solar plexus and caused his heart to stop. And that same thing has happened more than once. Naturally that’s a risk we as parents assume when we let our kids play the sport. And our kids assume that risk, too. We lawyers call this concept “assumption of the risk”. Here’s what that means: A sports participant who agrees to play a sport like lacrosse is legally consenting to the commonly appreciated risks that come with the sport. When the player is injured by one of those normal risks that everyone knows is part of the game, he or she is , naturally, barred from suing anyone for the injuries.