Can I have RICE with my Injury please!!
its’ that time of the year already!
Yes INJURY SEASON!
Year after year, on more than one occasion, I have had to drive
people up to A&E after an injury, which is usually more than
24 hours old! It
surprises me how few of you sports mad peeps don’t use
‘RICE’ the golden rule after any injury no matter how small!
Rest immediately! DO
NOT play on after acute trauma to any injury
Ice! Always use Ice to reduce local swelling and turn oxygenated
blood away from the area
(if you do not have ice available then use water from water
Compression! Use a
Bandage or rugby/footie shirt or any piece of material to use as a
‘compression’ on top of the ice
Elevation! Once the
above have been sorted then raise the ankle/leg/knee injury up so
as this will again send the blood away from the area which will
aid in reducing the swelling
If you are in any doubt as to how serious the injury is, always
use A&E. It’s only up the road, ok you may have to have a
wait but its well worth it! (and saves my petrol!!!)
Or pop into UniSPORT Sport Centre - 1st Floor and we will have a
look and give you advice there and then.
Sports Massage and Injury Prevention
you have any enquiries to present or old injuries then please
contact Rose at OPTIMUM in UniSPORT Sport Centre tel. 01483 452028
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Continual exercise can cause many problems especially if the body
receives inadequate rest. By-products
of exercise include the build up of lactic acid and continual
micro-trauma of muscle fibres causing a build up of scar tissue,
therefore decreasing the bodies ability to deliver oxygenated
blood to the muscles, which in turn causes fatigue and loss of
performance. The body
is still being asked to perform at a required level, if it is not
fit to do so, it will increase the risk of injury or re-injury.
Sports massage will break down any build up of scar tissue
realign all muscle fibres and increase the elasticity of the
muscle. In effect the
muscle will be clear of all ‘crap’ (technical term in the
world of sports massage!) making the whole system more efficient.
More blood, therefore oxygen can get to the working muscle
meaning it will perform for longer at a higher level and will
drastically reduce the risk of injury.