How to Prevent Some of the Most Common High School Sports Injuries

Many high schoolers dream of playing sports, which offer many benefits—including physical activity, socialization, and an opportunity to learn about winning and losing gracefully. However, many parents are rightfully concerned about the rate and severity of injuries associated with sports like football and baseball. If you have a child that has suffered an injury while playing a sport in high school, contact our experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney for a free legal consultation, today.

Most Common High School Sports Injuries

Few athletes walk across the stage at graduation without having experienced some type of injury during their academic career. Every sport, from gymnastics to swimming, carries a certain degree of risk. Contact sports, however, have a higher rate of injury. According to data from a recent National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, the three most dangerous sports based on injury rates are football, girls’ soccer, and boys’ ice hockey.

Common sports injuries include:

Players can easily suffer an injury in practice or during a competitive game. Causes range from improper nutrition and hydration to forceful impacts. Every sport carries unique risks. For instance, sports that require practice during warm months carry a higher risk for heat-related incidents. Gymnasts and cheerleaders, on the other hand, often experience a higher risk of sprains and strains from improperly warming up.

The Prevalence of Football Player Fatalities

As far as deadly sports go, football consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous. In late 2015, alone, six students died from football-related injuries. Some experience head trauma, while others may have undiagnosed pre-existing conditions that heat and activity exacerbate. In 2014, 11 students died, and 18 died in 2013. The sport is not deadlier than it once was, but the high rate of risk is changing the way parents and coaches train and students play.

Avoiding High School Injuries

Luckily, parents do not necessarily need to keep their kids in a bubble during high school. With the proper precautions, the risk of long-term injury is minimal. Here are some of the ways many health experts encourage health and safety:

Coaches should not encourage students to play through the pain. This is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Take your child for a pre-season physical, and then see a physician as needed for sports-related injuries. A minor incident can turn into a bigger one if not properly addressed.

After a serious sports injury, you may wonder how you can enact change and hold the school or coach responsible. At Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet, our attorneys understand the unique process of filing a lawsuit against a public or private educational institution. For more information about your case, contact us today for a free consultation.