GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) --- As the school year goes into full swing, so are after-school sports. Before your kids hit the field, make sure they are wearing the proper equipment to keep them safe because sports injuries among kids are on the rise and can have serious consequences.
According to Dr. Danny Mistry at Western Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, concussions are prevalent in contact sports and can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting and depression. These traumatic brain injuries can also lead to memory loss and if a child gets back in the game before fully recovering, they run the risk of second impact syndrome, which can lead to death.
However, concussions are not the only thing seen by doctors.
"We see a lot of sprains and strains. We see fractures and growth plate injuries where the bone is growing in a child and you can develop an overuse injury and have problems where they can never quite heal up. Their body essentially is having a problem or breaking down faster than it can repair itself," said Dr. Chris Copeland.
The most important things to remember are outfitting your child with protective gear and keeping them out of the game as long as it takes for them to recover if they do get hurt.