Sports injuries, such as strains, sprains, pulls and tears can pull any athlete out of the game or out of a regular fitness routine. Any athlete or exerciser should be aware that in the event of any injury, it is important to let the injury completely heal before returning to exercise or the injury might increase in severity and cause further complications. However, if you suffer from a sports injury, you can take steps to increase the speed of the healing process and get back in the game.
If you are injured in a sports accident, remember the acronym R.I.C.E., which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. By following these recommended first aid steps, an injured athlete can help relieve pain, reduce swelling, and protect the injured area.
- Rest. Resting after an injury is important to protect the damaged area from further injury and to give your body time to heal.
- Ice. Applying a cold ice pack can help relieve pain immediately and can decrease blood flow to the injured area, reducing swelling. Never leave an ice pack on an injured area for more than 20 minutes at a time, however, or you risk damaging your skin. Rotate 15 minutes with ice on the injury, followed by 20 or more minutes without ice.
- Compression. Compression from a sports bandage can reduce swelling and facilitate healing. Make sure the bandage is not too tight or it can cause further pain and injury.
- Elevation. Raise the injured area above the level of your heart. If your leg is injured, for instance, you can lie down and prop your leg on a pillow.
If your sports injury does not begin to heal after two days of following the R.I.C.E. method or if your injury seems serious, it is recommended that your visit a health care provider for further care.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a sports injury as a result of the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation from your losses. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to speak to a qualified attorney.