Nov 23, 2014 11:45 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and there’s no better way to burn off the biggest meal of the year than to participate in a Turkey Bowl, a fun football game for family and friends. Here’s how you can have a healthy and safe game this year: 

Handling Common Football Injuries

If you’re injured during the game, should you grin and bear it or head to the hospital? Patrick Greis, MD, a sports medicine physician at University of Utah Health, sheds some light on handling common football injuries:

1) Ankle sprains: RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Minor sprains will usually take a day or two to settle down and a week or more to feel normal. If you can’t bear weight, visit your doctor.

2) Hamstring strains: Minor strains can be treated with RICE. Major tears from the pelvis attachment require evaluation. 

3) Contusions: Bumps and bruises usually resolve over a few days and rarely require special care.

4) Shoulder strains: Ice and ibuprofen typically are sufficient unless you felt something tear. In that case, visit your doctor.

This guide outlines some other common sports injuries and treatment options. 

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