Injuries On The Ice Rink
Each year skating becomes an increasingly popular pastime. This kind of entertainment has become a favorite one for many adults and children. But before you "get on skates," you must remember that this beautiful, romantic sport, in fact, is very complicated, even skating at the amateur level may be accompanied by multiple injuries.
Most common injuries on the ice rink
It is very easy to get injured on a skating rink, so before you get on the ice, you must purchase a special protection and arm yourself with knowledge of first aid.
Bruising is the most common injury when one falls. Fortunately, the injury is harmless enough, and first aid after the injury implies the application of ice packs to the affected area. It should be remembered that you should not rub the skin with a bruise snow or ice, because it can damage the skin and cause infection. After injury it does not worth returning on the ice immediately, you need to be able to rest until pain disappears. If the pain gets worse, you should consult your doctor.
Ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries while skating. Symptoms of tension include gradually increasing pain. After it immobilization of the injured limb ir required. The bandage in the form of 'eight' that at the same time captures shin and foot is applied to the ankle. This is followed by 10 minutes of a cold towel attached to your ankle, a break for 20 minutes and repeating the procedure. At home you should apply anti-inflammatory ointments to the affected area.
Sprains can be recognized by reconfiguration of the joint. Tires are aplied to the injured limb as the kind of first aid. As tires there can be used boards, umbrella, stick, and so on. Once the limb is fixed, the person should be taken to hospital, where he or she will receive qualified help.
Fractures, which can be got at the time of skating can be both closed and open. In case of closed fractures first aid is the same as in case of sprains. If the fracture is open, the main objective is to prevent significant blood loss. In order to do this, one should apply tourniquet above the wound, apply antiseptic to the affected area and call emergency medical care.
Concussion mainly occurs because of a hard hit of a head on the ice one the persone falls down. It is often accompanied by another types of injuries, such as bruises, sprains, fractures, sprains. If you experience symptoms of a concussion, such as dizziness, nausea, loss of vision, there is an urgent need to get to the hospital.
The right equipment on the rink
- To prevent cutting hands after you fall down and to avoid for someone from the surrounding to hit them, it is necessary to wear heavy gloves or mittens.
- Do not wear long scarves or clothing, which uncurls, as they can catch on something and cause injury.
- Clothing on the rink should be comfortable.
- If you are a newcomer to the skating rink,do not ignore knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet.
- Well laced, tightly fit skates will prevent sprains during skiing.