Add RICE to your recovery. No matter the sport, injured soft tissues usually respond to RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Seek medical advice or treatment with particularly sore sprains and strains, and never “play through” an injury.
Head off fatal injuries. Although fatalities from sports injuries are rare, brain injury is the leading cause of death among all sports injuries. Wearing proper helmets can reduce head injury by 85 percent, according to medical sources at The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto. Forgetfulness, prolonged dizziness, delay in speech and double, fuzzy or light-sensitive vision are all signs that you should head to the hospital for a professional opinion.
Game on! Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be poised for a safe summer.
The 170 members of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park on Long Island, provide 32 million treatments every year for all types of injury and illness. In fact, 16,000 kids are seen every day at dozens of emergency rooms across North America. To find your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and to learn how you can help kids heal, visit cmnhospitals.org.