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Treatment of a Sprained Ankle

Treatment of a Sprained Ankle

Treatment of a sprained ankle can be separated into immediate first aid and longer term rehabilitation and strengthening. Immediate First Aid for a sprained ankle:

Aim to reduce the swelling by RICE

(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as soon as possible.

   R is for rest. It is important to rest the injury to reduce pain and prevent further damage. Uce crutches it necessary. Many therapists advocate partial weight bearing as soon as pain will allow. This is thought to accelerate rehabilitation.

I is for ICE or cold therapy. Applying ice and compression can ease the pain, reduce swelling, reduce bleeding (initially) and encourage blood flow (when used later). Apply an ice pack or similar immediately following injury for 15 minutes. Repeat this every 2 hours. 

  C is for compression - This reduces bleeding and helps reduce swelling. A Lousiana wrap bandaging technique is excellent for providing support and compression to a recently injured ankle.

E is for Elevation - Uses gravity to reduce bleeding and swelling by allowing fluids to flow away from the site of injury. So put your feet up and get someone else to wait on you! Following the initial painful stage, there are other treatments that can help the ankle return to normal as soon as possible. Range of motion exercises such as ankle circles can help to get the ankle moving again, as well as reducing swelling if performed with the leg elevated. The calf muscles often tighten up to protect the joint following a sprained ankle, and so gently stretching the calf muscles can also help to maintain movement at the joint.


Safety First

Despite the name, a softball is not soft.

Thousands of children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for baseball and softball-related injuries.

Softball injuries to the head are involved more than any other part of the body.

Children should always use proper safety gear when playing. This equipment includes catcher's gear, protective eyewear, and proper footware (which may include cleats). Good quality, double-eared helmets should be worn to protect the ear and temple region against ball impact. Catchers should also wear a helmet with full face and throat protection.

 All equipment should be inspected regularly to make sure it is in good condition.


Playing The Game:

Children should be taught how to play softball correctly. Players should be taught to perform proper streaching and strenghtening techniques before playing.

Players should wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. The sunscreen also should be sweat and
water-resistant and reapplied every two to three hours.

The coach should be made aware of the player's
medical conditions
. A child should not play if he or she is experiencing persistent pain, a loss of motion, or any other abnormalities.

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