Injury management involves identifying an injury, treating it and then returning to the sport. Sports injuries are usually soft tissue injuries. It’s important that sports players are adequately rehabilitated before returning to sport. It is intended to facilitate recovery in order to achieve the best results for a safe and durable return. Sports injuries need to be carefully managed to reduce the risk of re-injury. The majority of sports injuries are to the head, shoulders, hamstrings, knees and ankles. Rehabilitation focuses on restoring the player’s sport-specific abilities to prevent re-injury and encourage the best possible performance. There are a few things we can expect within the first few hours of an injury. Other than the immediate pain, you also might experience swelling and bruising. The initial sharp pain will give way to a throbbing ache. The area is likely to be extremely sensitive to movement. There is an easy way to remember how to immediately begin treating that painful pulled muscle. R.I.C.E. is an acronym that many sports trainers and athletes use as a reminder of what to do for sports injuries. It stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.