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Thursday, December 23, 1999

Girl Scouts has openings

Pecos Girl Scouts still have openings for girls in grades 5th through 8th grades.

Today's Girl Scouts do more than just sell cookies. Junior Girl Scouts try their hand at everything from photography and dramatics to fashion and computers.

For more information and to sign up contact Laura Gonzales at 447-3755.

Sprained ankles require treatment

Early treatment can keep a minor ankle sprain from becoming a nagging injury.

Common among soccer, volleyball and basketball players, most sprains occur when the ankle rolls outward. This twisting motion can cause ligaments to stretch, tear or even rupture.

"The first thing to do after the injury occurs is to try to stand on the ankle," said Dr. Lon jCastle, a sports medicine specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "If you can stand and walk on it, chances are good that it is not a serious injury."

If the sprain is not severe, Castle recommends applying ice to the ankle two to three times a day for 15 to 20 minutes each time. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also help. Minor, or first degree, sprains will take about one to two weeks to improve.

While the ankle may seem to heal quickly, there is still a need for rehabilitation. Taping or bandaging the ankle for several weeks is necessary to help maintain stability.

"Two things are lost after an ankle spraing: side-to-side-stability and the ability to properly determine your ankle's position. As a result, the ankle can twist again," Castle added.

To prevent an ankle sprain from keeping you on the sidelines, work on strengthening the muscles and improving balance. Most importantly, be patient _ a full recovery is likely to take months.

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