Does my child need to see a doctor?

NASPE/NCAT Sport Injury Resource

Many coaches and parents play the guessing game when it comes to determining when a physician should see an injured athlete. Use the following guidelines to help determine whether to send an athlete to see a physician:

1) If there is obvious deformity (dislocation or abnormal looking joint or bone)
2) If the athlete cannot bear weight (limping and painful)
3) If the athlete cannot functionally use the upper extremity (painful)
4) If there is a decreased range of motion in a limb
5) If bleeding cannot be stopped
6) If there is difficulty in breathing
7) If there is swelling.
8) If there is loss of consciousness.


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