Athletic Injuries, Prevention & Management

With summer water sports and recreation, hypothermiais a constant risk. However, hypothermia prevention in open water swimming in the Lower Mainland has improved since the introduction of guidelines by the Vancouver Lifeguard Society, says Ron Straight, a paramedic and lifeguard, who teaches first aid courses for SportMedBC. And Dale Miller of the Canadian Lifesaving Society says that his organization is seeing fewer drownings every year. When drowning does occur, "the problem is that most people have no intention of going into the water so they don't prepare properly," he says...Read more
If you have a sport injury that requires medical attention, there are numerous professionals who specialize in sport-related conditions. SportMedBC maintains an online Directory of Practitioners where you can search for practitioners in your area. The Sports Medicine Health Care Team Sports medicine is ideally suited to a team approach. Each professional discipline contributes towards identifying new approaches to, and perspectives on, best practices as they relate to the care of athletes and active individuals. PHYSICIANS : Primary care physicians who specialize in sport medicine are usually...Read more
A tooth may chip (fracture), be knocked loose or completely knocked out. A blow to the upper or lower jaw is the usual mechanism by which the teeth can be damaged. A fractured tooth exposes the nerve within to the environment, rendering the tooth very sensitive to cold, and thereby requiring the athlete to keep his/her mouth closed. Signs & Symptoms Obvious cracking, splitting or chipping of the tooth. Sensitivity of the tooth to cold. Pain. Crooked or obvious missing tooth! On-Site Management Stop Bleeding. Have the athlete sit with their head forward, allowing the blood to drain from...Read more