Sports injuries

No matter what stage of the game, sports injuries can happen to the best of us

For sprains or strains, don’t forget the R.I.C.E.R treatment:

Rest – keep the injured area supported and avoid weight bearing but move as tolerated

Ice – apply ice (wrapped in a wet towel) to the injured area for 20 minutes every two hours for the first 48–72 hours.

Compression – apply a firm, but comfortable, elastic bandage over the area, extending above and below the painful site.

Elevation – raise the injured area, if possible, above the level of the heart at all times. Use a sling or cushions.

Referral – as soon as possible, see a health professional.

Don’t use: Heat, Alcohol, Running or Massage until you’ve seen a professional. Please see your doctor or attend an Emergency Department if there is a deformity, severe or ongoing pain, inability to move a joint or inability to bear weight as this may signify a broken bone or dislocation.


Call an ambulance immediately if there is:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Neck or spine injuries
  • Suspected broken bones
  • Injuries to the head or face
  • Eye injuries or 
  • Abdominal injuries

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