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Learn how to administer first aid safely with the instructions in these emergency care tutorials from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Ice pack
- Damp towel
- Elastic bandage
- Anti-inflammatory pain relievers (optional)
When treating a mild sprain or strain due to a sports injury, remember the acronym RICE, which stands for "rest, ice, compression, and elevation."
Rest the injured part of your body and avoid using it as much as possible for one or two days. Use crutches or a sling to keep the weight off an injured leg, arm, or shoulder.
Apply an ice-pack to the injured area and cover the ice pack with a damp towel to prevent frostbite. Apply it to the injured area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, three or more times a day for the first few days.
Compress the injured area. Wrap an elastic bandage around the area, starting below the joint, taking care not to cut off the circulation.
Elevate the injured area above the level of your heart. Rest it on pillows when you're sitting or lying down to keep excess fluid from accumulating.