Live Better
 
 

5 ways to treat sports injuries

Physiotherapist Kara Demmrich gives advice on how to treat sports injuries.

Injuries from sport and exercise happen from time to time, but often it’s the action we take in the early stages that help prevent delayed healing or complications.

Physiotherapist Kara Demmrich, the founder of CoolXChange compression and cooling gel bandage, shares her top tips for treating injuries.

1. Apply the RICE method

Reduce the swelling and pain within the first 24-48 hours by applying the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate). Rest and protect the injured area, ensuring that the site doesn’t get damaged further.

Next, ice and compress the injured site to reduce blood flow and heat to the area. If you don’t have access to ice, an alternative is CoolXChange, a 2-in-1 gel compression bandage that provides low level cooling and compression at the same time.

After cooling the injured area, elevate it above your heart as much as possible for the next 48 hours.

2. Start moving

Begin gentle movement early on to prevent associated joint and/or muscle stiffness.

3. Build strength

Ease back into strength training as the pain and injury allows. Don’t forget to warm up before using your muscles. This should involve soft, slow movements that you’ll be using when playing a particular sport or activity, and then work your way up to more intense movement.

4. Treat the whole area

Don’t just focus on the injured site alone – make sure you are maintaining strength and flexibility of muscles and joints above and/or below the injury site. Treat injuries holistically.

5. Seek professional help

If the injury persists, see a health care professional. Treating an injury correctly in the early stages can prevent delayed healing or further complications in the future.

 

Recommended Reading

Running my own race at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Ben Hill shares one of the proudest moments of his life.

Read more

Feel Good: Free outdoor fitness in Brisbane

Medibank Feel Good program schedule and details.

Read more

Steve Moneghetti’s top race day tips

The running legend shares some quick tips.

Read more

Your race day eating plan

Sports dietitian Tim McMaster shares some tips.

Read more

5 ways to take your running to the next level

Mix up your training with these tips from Ben Lucas.

Read more

25% off Fitbit trackers & Aria scales

Medibank member discounts on Fitbit trackers and Aria scales

Read more

How to treat blisters – the right way

Podiatrist Rebecca Rushton bursts the myths.

Read more

How Tim Robards stays fit, strong and healthy

The original Bachelor shares his simple approach to health.

Read more