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Injury management

For non-life-threatening and non-limb-threatening injuries

Assess the player on the field of play using the TOTAPS system.

Steps Assessment Action
TalkWhat happened? Where does it hurt?
ObserveLook at the injured area. Is it different from the other side (swollen, a different colour, etc)?If swollen or there is a deformity, call first aider.
TouchFeel for swelling, tenderness and pain.If tender to touch, call first aider.
Active movementAsk the player to move the injured part without assistance.If unable to move or painful to move, call first aider, and remove from the field (non weight-bearing).
Passive movementIf the player moves the injured part actively, then carefully move it through a full range of movement.If unable to do so or painful, the player should be removed from the field (non weight-bearing).
Skill testIf the active and passive movements did not produce pain, ask the player to stand and see if lower limb is fully weight-bearing and he/she can walk. If unable to do so, the player should be removed from the field (non weight-bearing for lower limb injuries).If unable to do so, the player should be removed from the field (non weight-bearing).