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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Managing Injuries in Athletes

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

How to maintain their physical condition despite an injury that may be serious

Brian running over Goat Pass, Coast to Coast race, 2019
Brian King running over Goat Pass, Coast to Coast race (C2C), 2019


"Hi, Gary,

The article is awesome, even if I was not to be featured in it I would find it very informative. 

You never know when you may need those skills so it is like a free first aid course and then as a cream on top of it you get all the info for a sports person about what to do and a thinking perspective if you get injured and how to go through it.

Mate, I am super pleased to be part of an article that will help many people. 

You had a great idea and I’m glad you brought it to life"





Brian on crutches
My friend, Brian, on crutches after a very nasty injury to his shin. Less than one month out for the 2020 C2C!

Injuries are part and parcel for an athlete and not all injuries happen during training and competition. My friend, Brian King, who is just weeks away from competing in the iconic Coast-to-Coast Multi-sports race, suffered his most serious and painful of injuries for a very long time just a few days ago when he slipped while on a ladder! Ouch! He is lucky not to have broken his neck.

What I am writing here may be a little too late for Brian's benefit, but his misfortune is the opportunity to prepare the rest of us for the inevitable - injury!

Warning! Some of the photos that follow are a little gruesome.

First Aid

The first action for an injury like this is to immediately lie down and elevate the leg and to do so for a good half hour.

If the patient can be kept warm and comfortable for just the first ten minutes, that is better than trying to move him. Apply constant elevation and compression for at least ten minutes then move to more comfortable surrounds.