Always checking for any dangers first. Get your team mates to help you off of the court.
For soft tissue injuries – Remember the acronym R.I.C.E.D.
R: Rest the injured limb.
I: Apply Ice for 10-20 minutes. (do not allow the ice to come into contact with your skin, wrap in a cloth). Repeat this process if pain persists.
C: Apply a Compression dressing. Apply firmly, ensuring pressure applied evenly to the injured part. Check it is not too tight. If it causes increased pain, remove it.
E: Elevate the injured area for 24 to 48 hours. Take pain relief during this time (following the directions on the packet), such as paracetamol as required.
D: Get the injury Diagnosed by a qualified medical practitioner if the pain or swelling has not reduced significantly within 48 hours.
If in doubt treat the injury as a fracture and seek immediate medical advice.
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