Excerpted from The Bare Essentials Guide to Martial Arts Injury Care and Prevention by Trish Bare Grounds
One of the things that is hard to determine when you are not a medical professional (such as a physician, ATC or PT) is how to judge the seriousness of an injury, and when to seek further medical attention for an injury. Sometimes what appears to be nothing to the untrained is an extremely serious injury, while others look very serious and are minor in nature. Often cuts to the face or head bleed dramatically and look horribly serious, but once the blood is cleaned up and controlled it is realized that it is only a cut, often less than an inch or so long.
Some other injuries once the initial pain of the injury occurs, show no sign of pain and the athlete then believes it was nothing. Such is the case with many ligament ruptures of the knee, because the associated nerve is also damaged and can no longer send messages of pain to the brain. But the knee itself is unstable when trying to perform particular motions, such as spinning. So, here are some basic guidelines to get you started:
• If you have bleeding from anywhere on the body, including the nose, that cannot be stopped by applying pressure and ice within 20 minutes the athlete needs to be taken to a medical facility.Read More