The back to school season has arrived and with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, most children in the U.S. are heading back to school campuses for in-class learning. While school campuses usually take the proper precautions when it comes to health and safety, there are some common accidents and injuries that often take place. Below is a list of the 5 most common injuries children suffer while at school.

1. Sprains

Sprains and pulled muscles are very common when it comes to school injuries. Running, playing on the playground, and physical education classes can all be a common source of these injuries. While not the most serious of injuries, sprains and strains should still be observed and treated. Ice, compression, and elevation are usually the best course of action when it comes to treating a sprain

2. Bruises and Cuts

Bruises and cuts can occur inside and outside of the classroom. These are probably the most minor and common types of school injuries. Observation and hygiene are key to treating these injuries. Keeping a cut wound clean and dressed is best practice.

3. Dislocations

Dislocated joints, such as shoulders and knees, are also common injuries a child can sustain while at school. Dislocations need to be treated by a doctor. A doctor will be able to move the joint back into its proper position and brace it accordingly. To strengthen the ligaments and muscles around a joint after a dislocation, physical therapy exercises may be administered. 

4. Fractures and Broken Bones

Fractures and broken bones in the arms and legs most commonly occur when a child falls or trips. School premises should be properly maintained and playground facilities should be safe for children to use. There are some cases where the school could be liable for student injuries. According to the expert Gulfport personal injury attorneys at Morris Bart, premises liability is a type of personal injury law that allows victims who suffered from an injury due to an “unreasonable hazard” to hold a landowner or lessee accountable. When determining premises liability, it is always best to consult with an attorney, as the school district could be found liable for such injuries.

5. Head Injuries

Arguably one of the most serious injuries that can occur on school property are head injuries, as they can have lasting, permanent consequences. Head injuries can often be overlooked as the signs and symptoms may occur after the initial injury. Concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and skull fractures are the most serious types of head injuries. It is important to observe your child after they have hit or bumped their head. You should seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit the following: slurred speech, vomiting, convulsions, dilated pupils, and/or loss of coordination. A doctor will be able to perform an exam and treat the injury accordingly. 


With children going back to school, the possibility that they will suffer injuries on school property increases. Some of the most common injuries include: sprains, bruises/cuts, dislocations, fractures/broken bones, and head injuries. If your child is seriously injured while on school premises, the school district could be held liable. In this case, it is always best to consult with a personal injury attorney.