Elevation involves raising the injured area above the level of the heart as much as possible. This position promotes the lessening or elimination of swelling through the use of gravity and lymph drainage system. To prevent injures, athletes should:
Be in proper physical condition.
Warm up and stretch before participating in any sports or exercise.
Always wear properly fitting shoes, and replace athletic shoes as soon as the tread wears out or the heel wears down on one side.
Nourish their muscles by eating a well-balanced diet.
Use or wear appropriate protective equipment. li>Maintain hydration.
Avoid exercising or playing sports when tired or in pain.