Quick management is the key to managing winter sports injuries
INJURIES are common in winter sports and can occur as a result of bursts of speed and sudden directional changes in sports such as Australian Rules Football and hockey.
Boyup Brook Physiotherapy physiotherapist Helen Hack said the immediate management of sports injuries should follow the RICER and NO HARM regime:
Rest: Activity increases blood flow which may increase bleeding and swelling.
Ice: Apply ice packs for 15-20 minutes every two hours. (Do not apply ice directly to skin and always wrap in a damp cloth).
Compression: Apply a firm compression bandage to give support
and to minimise swelling and bleeding. Elevation: Raise injured area above heart level also to reduce swelling.
Referral: Seek advice from a physiotherapist or doctor for specific diagnosis and ongoing care. Avoid the HARM factors. Heat - because it increases bleeding.
Alcohol - because it can increase swelling.
Running - because it can make the injury worse as blood flow is increased
Massage - to the injury site in first 72 hours increases bleeding.
Remember to always warm-up and cool down.