(WZZM) - As the snowfall total grows, so too does the number of injured sledders. A pediatrician with Metro Health Hospital says a wrist fracture is the most common injury among young sledders who fall with an outstretched arm.

To avoid a trip to the hospital, doctors recommend always checking for debris before sledding, leading with your feet, and wearing a helmet.

"Just that little bit of styrofoam protecting our head can really make a big difference... something that we're very aware of in other sports in other contact sports and sledding is definitely a contact sport," says Kurt Meppelink, a pediatrician at Metro Health.

Dr. Meppelink says parents should contact a doctor if their child is acting in an unusual manner, throwing up, or has a severe headache after a hard fall.