Quick man­age­ment is the key to manag­ing win­ter sports in­juries

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Life -

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.

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