Personal injury law does cover sporting accidents. Since personal injury law varies from state to state, from statute of limitations to the various provisions regulating the specific claims among other factors, the specific implications or ramifications for sporting accidents are not the same across the country. You would need to consult a lawyer or attorney to find out the specific statutes in your state before you file for any claims having suffered injury during sporting accidents.
Like all other accidents covered in personal injury law, you would need to establish the fault of someone or something to claim compensation if you get hurt or injured during a sporting activity. You cannot claim any compensation or damages if there is no one to blame. The party at fault is often a piece of equipment or the organization that is responsible for the safety of the sports persons. For instance, if a sporting arena is not properly maintained and an athlete suffers an injury, then the management of the facility would be held accountable. How the management determines which policy is the reason or if there was any human error is for them to deal with. An injured victim will file a lawsuit against the management and their insurer will deal with the claimed compensation. This may also be facilitated through a mutual discussion or arbitration. It is not necessary to seek the intervention of the court. Out of court discussions and settlements are extremely common in case of sporting accidents. This happens with the personal injury law in context.
There are many sporting activities that are classified as extreme sports. These are usually climbing, diving, bungee jumping, kayaking, jet skiing, abseiling, paragliding and other activities that are adventurous and dangerous in nature. The sporting event or activity may not be competitive. It could be a leisurely activity or just for fun. Such adventurous recreations often warrant the use of a plethora of tools. The equipment and accessories may or may not be safe. Many extreme sporting accidents happen because the participant is unaware of the challenges or the rigors involved, and they are not really trained, fit or suitable for the activity. Many such sporting accidents also happen due to faulty equipment, poor handling of the sequence of events or mishap that is not really the fault of the participant.
In case the participant is not at fault and an entity can be blamed for the sporting accidents, the personal injury law will come into effect. Otherwise, one cannot exercise the personal injury law in any state. One may try and claim compensation from the party at fault without exercising the personal injury law, but they are not obliged to entertain any such request. If the fault is established, then the claim would be assessed based on its merits. For instance, if a professional sportsperson suffers an injury at an arena due to some fault of the management in how they have maintained the facility and the player is unable to resume their career, then the claim can be an exorbitant amount, often equaling the lifelong earning potential of the athlete. In case a nonprofessional sportsperson suffers an injury, the damages would be exponentially less.