The 411 on Sports Injuries
When to Take Your Child to the ER for a Sports Injury
Sports injuries can occur at any time during any type of practice or competition, or even while your child is playing at home. In most cases, your child’s pediatrician can provide initial care for broken bones, sprains, strains and ligament tears, and will refer your child to a specialist as needed. However, if your child sustains a more serious injury, emergency care may be necessary.
Seek ER treatment if your child’s sports injury meets the following parameters:
- The child is younger than 4 years old and cannot use the arm or bear weight on the leg that was injured.
- The limb that was injured looks misshapen or bone is protruding from the skin.
If your child’s injury is accompanied by these symptoms, emergency care may be necessary:
- Loss of consciousness
- Change in level of consciousness (asks repetitive questions, has memory loss)
- Vomiting more than once
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Difficulty breathing
HealthONE has five pediatric emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you are certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to treat your child’s injury. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.