Strains and sprains

Clinic

Howard At Play

March 11, 2001|By SUN STAFF

Think 'PRICE." That's the easy way to remember how to give first aid for strains and sprains that are inevitable in any sport:

P: Protect the athlete and injury from further trauma.

R: Rest the area to avoid more damage and foster healing.

I: Ice the area to reduce swelling and pain.

C: Compress the area by securing an ice bag with an elastic wrap - but not tight enough to alter blood circulation.

E: Elevate the injury above the heart level to keep blood from pooling in the area.

If swelling, discoloration and pain do not lessen, get your athlete checked out by a doctor.

SOURCE: American Sport Education Program and other sports injury sources.

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