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Contusion injuries

In wheelchair sports, basketball in particular, the wheelchairs come into close contact with each other and rapid maneuvers are necessary.The athlete’s fingers can be jammed both in and between the wheelchairs. Such injuries are characterized by swelling and tenderness,and abrasions may be present.The swelling should be treated as soon as possible by applying ice and then bandaging.Injuries caused by wheelchairs are difficult to prevent, but changes in their construction, such as protective frames fitted at the same height as the handle and situated on the same level regardless of wheelchair model, might be beneficial. The skin injuries from crushing or jamming incidents can be prevented if the athlete wears gloves or applies nonirritant tape to exposed areas.

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