HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- During the summer months, kids are out and about more often. Sometimes, the extra time for different activities can lead to more kids becoming injured during the summer months.
Dr. Michael Lawley is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He says there is always a spike in injuries during the summer months. "Once kids start getting out, the weather gets nice, the injuries definitely pick up more compared to being inside," says Dr. Lawley.
The most common injury they see is usually broken arms. "Fractures to the forearm. Usually the distal forearm. Meaning the end of the radius to are bone closest to the wrist," says Dr. Lawley. A majority of these injuries are usually caused by the same activities. Dr. Lawley explains, "we see a lot of monkey bars, a lot of trampolines, um, and then maybe some scooters."
Some summers are worse than others. Dr Lawley says, "I think the summer injury rate is pretty steady compared to years past. Interesting last summer for whatever reason did seem to be a little slower injury wise actually, enough that I noticed it."