UPDATED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 5:36pm
WACO — Helmets, pads and cleats, items needed for the start football season.
As kids are gearing up for the upcoming Friday night games,the threat of concussions are on the rise.
"This is the time when our clinic gets a lot busier," Said Dr.Christopher W. Miars, Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist with Southwest Sports Medicine.
Although some effects of a concussion can be temporary, doctors warn parents to recognize the signs.
"If your son or daughter comes home from practice and they are not quite themselves, or having headache, dizzy or even a subtle mood disturbance thats something parents should bring to the attention of the athletic trainer or physician," said Miars.
Although most on-field injuries cannot be prevented, it is important that students are stretching or good physical condition before the games.
"With junior high still weeks away, it is important to make sure those kids are coming into training season in shape. When on field students should be aware of their surroundings," Miars said.
Southwest Sports Medicine will begin a Saturday morning walk-in clinic starting August 16, at 9:00 a.m.