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What are the catastrophic injury risks in high school sports?

In California, thousands of kids play high school sports each year. Some sports come with more risks than others. Specifically, contact sports, such as football, can put your child at risk for a catastrophic injury that could change his or her life. Getting educated about the risks can help you to keep your child safe and possibly avoid such injuries.

OrthoInfo states that high school athletes experience as many injuries each year as professional athletes, so the problem of high school sports injuries is huge. Your child may suffer from common injuries, such as those from overuse or strain. Such injuries, while not catastrophic, can create problems for him or her for the rest of his or her life.

The bigger injuries to be concerned about include head injuries, which can lead to concussions, and spinal injuries, which could cause paralysis. A concussion can change the brain and lead to problems with memory and overall cognitive function that could cause lifelong issues for your child. Even something as simple as a fracture could be more serious than you think. Any injury to an area where there is a growth plate could lead to problems with bone growth that will affect your child forever. 

Protecting your child from catastrophic injuries during sports can seem difficult, but it is a matter of ensuring safety rules and regulations are followed. You have to be involved. Ensure coaches are teaching proper techniques and following safe training guidelines. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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