Stay in the Game This Summer with
summer is fast approaching and sports players will soon fill the
courts, fields, greens and trails looking to get back in shape and
practice their game. However, this also means there are plenty of
opportunities for cuts and bruises, ankle sprains, muscle strains, and
knee injuries, to name a few.
William Levine, chief of sports medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian
Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Anil S. Ranawat,
clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery atNewYork-Presbyterian
Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and assistant attending
orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, recommend R.I.C.E.,
a first-aid technique that can be applied to most sprains, strains and
If you are injured during any activity, stop the activity immediately
and rest the injured area. Do not try to work through the pain.
For the first 24 to 48 hours apply ice packs to the injured area every
two hours for 15 minutes. Make sure that the ice is not in direct
contact with the skin; a cotton handkerchief covering is helpful.
Bandage the area firmly, extending the wrapping above and below the
injury. This pressure will stop any bleeding and reduce any swelling in
the injured area.
Whenever possible, elevate the injured area above the level of your
heart. Elevation and compression are typically used for acute injuries
such as a twisted ankle.
an injury has occurred you should always consult a physician to ensure
prevention is always better than cure. Drs. Levine and Ranawat give a
few simple tips for preventing sports injuries:
slow. You are probably not in the same condition that you
were last summer; new activities require muscles and joints to respond
in new ways. This may result in minor soreness that could develop into
something more serious if you push yourself too hard.
up. Get your blood pumping to those under-used muscles and
joints before you begin, and do some gentle stretching once you are
done. This will help you retain and improve flexibility.
breaks. Every so often it is recommended that you rest the
body parts that are working hard and are susceptible to injury
— even tennis pros rest between sets.
to your body. Don't ignore the little aches and pains you
feel in your joints and muscles because they may help you prevent
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