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What should I do if a child is injured while playing sports?

As soon as a child is injured while playing sports, appropriate action should be taken. For treatment of simple injuries, apply the R.I.C.E. technique -- rest, ice, compression and elevation -- but never hesitate to take an injured athlete to a hospital.

Even if an injury seems minor, listen to the child. If the child complains of persistent pain following an accident, or if their “minor” injury prevents them from performing at their normal level, it is time to see a doctor. The faster an injury is treated, the faster the body can begin to heal and recover.

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