How to treat different grades of sports injury sprains

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There are different grades of sprains. Phoenix Mercury athletic trainer Tamara Poole explains the severity of each sprain and how to treat them.

Transcript A lot of people think about sprains in one category. Actually sprains can diversify. There can be a grade-1, a grade-2 or grade-3 or even a grade-4. Grade-1 is your typical sprain that’s a little bit uncomfortable. There’s a little swelling and you are okay. A lot of times with professional athletes we actually get a much higher grade of sprain. For instance, when Tanagela sprained her knee it was quite bad and in that instance, immediately she saw her doctor, X-rays are taken, any other kind of test that may need to be done is taken and sometimes when it’s that bad I will actually care for the athlete 24/7. So sometimes when the sprain is not that bad, I send them on their way and tell them what to do with a bucket of ice and some ice bags. Sometimes it’s bad enough that I feel that the care in the beginning is so important to the endpoint, I will go and be with the athlete 24/7 so that I make sure that they are icing every hour on the hour. I’ll make sure that maybe passive motion is done. Make sure that it’s propped up; make sure that they are comfortable because if I can control that time I might be able to knock days, may be even weeks off their recovery time.
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