School, medical professionals prepare for possible fall sports injuries

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- As high school athletes take to the field, the court, or the track for practice, the heat is not the only medical concern they face.

There are some common back-to-school-time sports injuries that professionals want to prepare for and prevent.

St. Francis Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Peter Lindy said some injuries result from lack of conditioning after summer vacation.

"As they're starting their practices, you know the kids are getting all the kinks out of their systems, and you know there are sprains and strains when they try and do things that are probably above what they should be trying to do," Dr. Lindy said.

Shelby County Schools Athletic Manager India Weaver said coaches spent weeks preparing emergency action plans for different medical issues.

"Emergency action plans, heat, lightning, concussions, sudden cardiac. We take that seriously, and we've been having meeting, discussing that with our coaches and things they should be doing," she told WREG.

Weaver said student athletes must get a physical and share emergency information with their coaches.

"Ease back into it gently. You want to be prepared. You want to warm up. You want to be as conditioned as you can be, and by and large, most of the school programs do a very good job of taking the kids and starting them slowly and working them back up," Dr. Lindy said.

Dr. Lindy added that as seasons continue, and there is more contact, there can be more high impact injuries.

Another health concern that continues to nab headlines is the risk of concussion.

Some of the latest research suggests playing football puts people in greater danger of suffering a brain injury.