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Stephanie Lewis MS, AT, ATC  Licensed Athletic Trainer

Phone: 616-401-3001  Fax: 616-379-7551

Email: Slewis@hpseagles.net    Follow me on Twitter: Trainer_Steph

Hudsonville High School, 5037 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426

 

Mariah Supianoski AT, ATC  Licensed Athletic Trainer

Phone: 269-251-0134 Fax: 616-379-7551

Email: msupian@hpseagles.net

Hudsonville High School, 5037 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426

 

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is an athletic trainer?

A: Certified athletic trainers are licensed health professionals that specialize in preventing, evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating injured athletes. In the high school setting, athletic trainers develop conditioning/stretching programs, perform skilled injury evaluation, treat acute/chronic injuries, and prepare athletes for practice and competition. A huge part of an athletic trainer’s job is educating athletes, parents, coaches, and communities on health-related subjects. Athletic trainers also provide a vital communication link between injured athlete, parents, physicians, and coaches to determine when it’s right to return to play.

Q: What happens when an injury occurs?

A: Athletes should report all injuries to the athletic trainer as soon as possible. The athletic trainer will assess the injury, provide any necessary treatment, and make referrals as needed. When athletes wait to report an injury, they are risking a chance it may get worse because 1. they may be treating it wrong/not at all or 2. minor damaged tissue can become major damaged tissue with continued play. The quicker an athlete gets proper treatment for their injury, the quicker they will feel better and be able to perform their sport to the best of their ability.

Q: How do I care for acute injuries? Do I use ice or heat?

A: The simplest way to remember how to treat acute injuries is by the acronym R.I.C.E.

R- Rest. The injury needs time to heal. Resting the body part with minimal activity allows the body to rebuild itself. Make sure the athlete gets plenty of sleep and utilize additional equipment (crutches, braces/splints, sling, etc.) if applicable.

I- Ice. Initially, it’s best to ice the injury to reduce soreness and swelling. Ice 15-20 minutes maximum. Always wait at least 45 minutes to an hour before icing again. Let the skin completely recover to prevent skin damage. Leaving ice on longer does not make the injury heal quicker, it actually has a counter-affect and can cause cell damage. If the athletes has a sensitivity to ice, he/she can put a cloth under the ice or use a cool bath instead.  Icing 3-4 times a day for the first 48-72 hours is generally recommended. Do not use heat unless it’s a muscular injury and it has been at least 72 hours since the injury occurred, and the swelling/bruising has subsided. Products like IcyHot are topical pain relievers (skin deep). They should not replace ice/heat.

C- Compression. Wrapping an injury and keeping it compressed helps keep swelling and bruising down.  Athletes can use an ace wrap or compression sleeve (available at any pharmacy or sporting goods store, i.e. Walgreens, Rite Aid, MC Sports). Do not wear the compression wrap while sleeping because of slower circulation. Make sure the wrap is snug, but not too tight.

E- Elevation. Keeping the injured limb above heart level will also reduce swelling. Gravity tends to pull swelling and bruising to the body’s lowest point. By elevating the injury, gravity will work along with circulation to keep the swelling minimal. In the case of a lower leg injury, putting an old sweatshirt or blanket under the end of the mattress at night will elevate it enough above the heart without disturbing sleep.

Q: What about taking Ibuprofen?

A: Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain and swelling. If the athlete is not allergic, ibuprofen can be given (please consult a physician if there are further questions). Always follow the labeled directions.