Emergency Care for a Sports Injury

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Swedish Medical Center

Sports injuries are a common occurrence at any type of practice or competition-- or even at home. Your child’s pediatrician will provide initial care for broken bones, sprains, strains and ligament tears, and can refer to a specialist as needed. If your child has sustained a more serious injury, however, emergency care may be required.

Visit the Pediatric ER If Your Child Has These Symptoms

  • The child is younger than four years old and is unable to bear weight on the injured leg or use an injured arm.
  • The bone is protruding from the skin or the injured limb looks misshapen.
  • The child lost consciousnesses or has a change in level of consciousness (asks repetitive questions, has memory loss)
  • The child vomited more than once
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty breathing 

Swedish Pediatric Emergency Care