Do Olympic Athletes Have Workers' Comp Insurance?

Posted on Feb 22, 2018


With the winter Olympics going on and the athlete injuries that have already happened, you may be wondering if Olympic athletes have workers' compensation insurance.

The answer is yes, but not in the traditional sense. "Health insurance tends to be 'A little bit more workers' compensation,' Tanaka, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins University added "Everything is designed for performance, and it's actually a part of your job and necessitates your ability to do things." (BNA.COM). The Olympic Committee offers medical benefits to only a selected number of athletes; which may leave less successful athletes without that coverage. According to, various governing sports federations also offer coverage but it may not be of the same caliber.

DC workers' compensation is far more straightforward: if you were injured on the job you should be eligible for 2/3 of your regular salary as well as medical treatment while you are getting back to baseline. And it's not optional for employers: they have to have workers' compensation insurance.

Are professional athletes covered by workers comp insurance in D.C.?  Yes they are - they are workers, after all.  Plus, many people don't realize not only are they at a high risk of injury for their job, pro athletes often suffer-career ending injuries that limit their ability to work.  And for every monster contract we hear about, there are many more pro athletes in D.C. who play years of minor league ball or hockey, are only called up to the big leagues - major league baseball, the NHL or the NBA especially - for a short time.

Do you have questions about how DC workers' compensation works? Give us a call today at 202-393-3320. We are not like the Olympic Committee: you don't have to be the best of the best to call us. You just have to be an injured worker looking for answers. So give us a call today! No cost, no obligation: nothing to lose.