Sports injury

Sport injury

You can usually treat common minor sports injuries yourself by:

  • resting the affected part of the body for the first 48 to 72 hours to prevent further damage
  • regularly applying an ice pack to the affected area during the first 48 to 72 hours to reduce swelling
  • using painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to relieve pain

If your symptoms are severe or do not improve within a few days or weeks, a GP may be able to refer you for specialist treatment and support, such as our First Contact Physiotherapists.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has advice for sports injuries including:

  • cricket 
  • cycling
  • football
  • glof
  • rugby
  • tennis