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First Aid tips for treating common school sport injuries
First Aid tips for treating common school sport injuries

By: Dr. Richard Hulsey

Playing sports with your classmates from school can be a fantastic experience for many children. We all know that kids will be kids when it comes to being rough and tumble on the playground and in sports. Accidents, bumps, and cuts sometimes happen though when you’re having a great time playing sports. It may be a sprained ankle playing football, a jammed finger under the basketball hoop, or any number of other possible injuries.

Having a first aid kit at the ready is essential for any teacher, coach, or supervisor during a school sports game. Knowing how to use the first aid kit is the first step in relieving pain and preventing further injury. Many injuries that require immediate attention are called “acute injuries,” such as a broken bone or dislocated knee. Many schools require their teaching staff and administration to be First Aid-certified. If your school does not require the same standards, I highly recommend that you stay current in your First Aid training.

When it comes to using First Aid to treat school sport injuries, think of the word PRICE:

  • Protect the injured area. Important: if you suspect that the student suffered a head or spinal injury, do not move them unless it is absolutely necessary. Call for assistance from a trained professional medic and stay by the student’s side. Less extreme injuries can still be vulnerable to greater injury. As quickly and safely as possible, relocate the injured student to a protected space to start treating their injury.

  • Rest the injured area. If they injured their arm, the first step is protecting the injured arm from further injury. Find a position for the student that is most comfortable, either sitting, lying down, or standing as their injury dictates.

  • Ice the injured area. Applying a quick-freeze packet from your First Aid kit to an acute injury can help reduce swelling and pain. Apply ice to the injured area every two hours for up to 20 minutes per application. Be careful not to overuse ice because it can cause skin damage. Allow the skin to return to normal temperature before reapplying the ice treatment.

  • Compress the injured area through immobilization. Use an elastic bandage from your First Aid kit to wrap the injured area. If you have leftover ice, you can apply ice to the injured area over the wrap. The cold still does the trick and the wrap helps protect the skin from freezer burn to a certain extent.

  • Elevate the injured area if this position is not uncomfortable. This reduces blood flow to the injured area, which in turn reduces swelling from any inflicted trauma.

If you have concerns about a recent injury, your next step is to schedule an appointment at Orthopedic Associates. Our board-certified physicians can help you find the treatment you need and start your recovery process.

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