In case of an on-the-playing-field injury:
• Be prepared to act quickly. There should always be someone – a coach or parent – present who knows first aid and CPR.
• For minor sprains and strains, use the “R-I-C-E” technique: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
• In cases of loss of consciousness or a serious head or eye injury, you should take your child to the nearest hospital emergency department.
You can generally ignore your child’s initial complaints of soreness after a practice or game. However, if this soreness lasts more than a day or two you should have your child checked by a professional, preferably a sports-medicine specialist. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of overuse injuries are crucial to keep them from becoming a chronic problem. When in doubt, seek help.
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From United Parenting Publications, April 2002.