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How should I manage a bruise?

A doctor or athletic trainer should inspect the bruise to rule out serious injuries. Then, the bruise can be treated with ice, rest, and, after 48 hours, an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or Advil.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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