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Sprains and Fractures
All these injuries can be avoided or at least there risk can be significantly reduced by applying the following preventive measures.
- Proper training is very important before opting for any such activities.
- New learners should watch their speed as with lower speeds , chances of serious injuries are reduced.
- Carefully time your game routine.
- Don’t over stress your body
- Keep an eye on weather changes.
- Warm up before starting the actual sport as cold ligaments and muscles are more prone to injuries because of brittleness.
- Wear warm clothes and a waterproof shell. It will provide you with adequate protection against skin lacerations and many other injuries.
- Skates of proper fitting are very important as ill-fated skates can put extra stress on your bones and muscles and can lead to loss of control and subsequent falls.
- Wear padding helmets and use good quality skates to stay safe.
- For skin lacerations clean the lacerated area with antiseptics and apply firm pressure if bleeding is severe. This way you will minimize the blood loss and the chances of infection before reaching the Accident and Emergency Room.
- For ankle, knee , elbow and wrist sprain/ strain use the RICE technique and fix yourself an appointment with a specialist to get it fixed properly.
- Don’t try to get back to your normal activities and sports too soon as you may aggravate the injury.
- For head, back and neck injuries don’t try to move or get up from the ground as this can cause serious damage. Try to contact someone for help or call the local helpline as soon as possible to get the immediate first aid. If there is profuse bleeding from your neck or any such area apply form pressure with one or both hands and shout for help
Rest the injured area/ joint to speed up recovery.