Since some injuries
are not noticed until the next day, student-athletes should be advised of
the following basic treatments for minor athletic injuries.
- The best treatment for a majority of sport related injuries is to
apply ice. Ice should be applied for 15 - 20 minutes every two for a new
injury, along with a gentle compression wrap and elevation. DO NOT SLEEP
WITH WRAP ON AT NIGHT.
- Heat applied to an injured area may increase swelling. This will
cause more pain and will result in a loss in the normal motion to the
joint. Do not apply moist heat. Do not use ointments or rubs such Icey
Hot or Mineral Ice - they will increase the swelling. Do not use the
- Wounds occurring in athletic settings often become infected.
Thoroughly clean even minor scraps and especially turf burns. If the
wound becomes swollen, red, or sore to the touch, see an athletic
trainer as soon as possible.
- Remember to have all wounds covered properly for practice to prevent
infection and bleeding. All wounds should be cleaned in the athletic
training facility after showering. Do not leave the same bandage on for
- Teammates should refrain from recommending “home remedies” for the
treatment of injuries to student-athletes.
- Please refer to the section “Proper Use of Medications”