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If you don't treat sports injuries such as a sprained ankle or a knocked-out tooth properly and right away, it can mean a headache later.
To help get people ready for an active summer, sports medicine expert Dr. Lisa Callahan answered questions in part two of Good Morning America 's "First Aid Test." Question: The part of the body most commonly injured in sports-related injuries is the ankle. So if you or someone you are playing or hiking with turns or twists their ankle, what's the best thing to do? A. Walk it off. B. Sit down and ice the ankle C. Lie down with a heating pad on it. Answer: C. Sit down, ice it, and try to get the inflammation down Question: Your daughter falls off her bike and has a scrape called a "strawberry." After washing it with soap and water, the best thing to do is: A. Rinse it with alcohol B. Keep it uncovered so air will get to it C. Wrap it with sterile gauze D. Cover it with a nonadhesive dressing Answer: D. Cover it with a nonadhesive dressing. Question: Your tennis partner twisted her knee playing tennis and it's already starting to swell. You dig in your bag for: A. an aspirin B. muscle ointment C. acetaminophen Answer: A. Reach for the aspirin. Question: A ground ball bounces and hits your son in the face, and his nose starts bleeding. You should: A. Apply ice to his forehead B. Have him lie down and squeeze the bridge of the nose C. Have him sit up, lean forward, and pinch the nostrils D. Give him two aspirin Answer: C. Sit the child up, lean him forward and pinch the nostrils so that he doesn't choke on the blood. Question: You fall Rollerblading, and knock out your front tooth. You should: A. Pick up the tooth and tuck it into your cheek until you get home B. Rub the tooth quickly and thoroughly to remove any dirt C. Stick it in your water bottle. Answer: A. It may sound surprising, but the best course of action is to pick up the tooth and tuck it into your cheek until you get home. Question: Your 12-year-old falls off his skateboard and complains that he hurt his wrist. You: A: Have him ice it every night before bed for a week B. Tell him to sit quietly and rest it C. Ask your doctor to X-ray it Answer: C. Make sure it gets X-rayed to find out the extent of the damage. Question: You're playing in a round-robin softball tournament. It's hot, and you feel tired and cranky. You should: A. Take a salt tablet B. Drink something caffeinated (like iced coffee) to perk up C. Sit in the shade and drink water Answer: C. Sit in the shade and drink water, because it will rehydrate you.
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