• Sports Injury

    "Put some ice on it." Yes or No? 
    For years, RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation – has been the standard recommended treatment for soft-tissue injuries. But many experts are now voicing concern over whether RICE aids healing because it focuses on acute management and ignores sub-acute and chronic stages of tissue healing. Scientific evidence shows that cooling the injured soft tissue causes vasoconstriction (tightening of blood vessels). This means that healing cells cannot reach the injured tissue, thereby slowing the healing response. 

    So, if RICE is out, what should you do? The newest acronym covers rehabilitation from immediate care of injury (PEACE) to ongoing management (LOVE). PEACE & LOVE, that sounds really nice! 

    P
       PROTECTION
       Avoid activities and movements that increase
       pain during the first few days after the injury.


    E
       ELEVATION
       Elevate the injured limb higher than the heart
       as often as possible.


    A

       AVOID ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES
       Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications as
       they reduce tissue healing and YES, avoid icing. 


    C

       COMPRESSION
       Use elastic bandages or
       taping to reduce swelling.


    E

       EDUCATION
       Your body knows best. Avoid unnecessary
       passive treatments and medical investigations,
       and let nature play its role.


    And

     



    L

       LOAD
       Let pain guide your gradual return to normal
       activities. Your body will tell you when it's safe
       to increase the load.


    O

       OPTIMISM
       Condition your brain for optimal recovery   
       by being confident and positive.


    V

       VASCULARISATION
       Choose pain-free cardiovascular activities
       that increase blood flow to help repair
       soft tissues.


    E
       EXERCISE
       Restore mobility, strength, and proprioception  
       by adopting an active approach to recovery.


    While loading and exercise are a huge part of recovery after an injury, it is best to gradually return with the consultation of our athletic trainer, Molly.  If any student-athlete is referred to or sees an outside provider/doctor for an injury, athletes are REQUIRED to obtain a clearance note to return to activity. It would be beneficial to mention to the doctor that there is an athletic trainer at our school as Molly may be able to progress the student faster if they don’t write a standard “out for 2 weeks with no activity” type of note. 




  • Questions?


    If you have any questions about
    your student-athlete's injury or
    whether to see a doctor, please
    reach out to Molly for assistance.

    Molly Awiszus, MS, LAT, ATC
    508-529-7758  x2754
    mawiszus@valleytech.k12.ma.us