Initially Treating Sports Injury: R.I.C.E.
From Sally S. Harris M.D. MPH
What should a parent do to treat a sports injury initially? How can I tell if the injury needs to be evaluated by a doctor?
All injuries should be treated initially with rest, icing, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.)
- Rest from any activity causing pain.
- Ice the injured part twenty minutes at a time, protecting the skin with a thin towel.
- Compress swelling with an ice wrap applied firmly but not too tightly.
- Elevate the injured part above the level of the heart.