In sports it's usually not a matter of if an injury is going to happen, but when. In this week's athletic advantage, Alex takes a look at how athletes should take care of their injuries, and how rice is more than just a side dish.
If you play sports, you already know injuries are a part of the game, and it doesn't matter if you play football, basketball, soccer, or tennis. If you don't know how to manage your injuries, you'll be spending more time on the sidelines than on the field or court, And according to Dr. Chance Dingler the first step is prevention. " The first place i would go to would be your team trainer...Your team trainer is going to have a lot of preventative things you can do you can...taping...pre exercise stretching...post exercise icing...following all the advice of trainers is the number one thing you can do for that."
And if you aren't following the instructions of your doctors and trainers, Dr. Dingler says you're only hurting yourself, "So if you're trainer is telling you one thing and you're not going home and doing you're home stretching...You're home workout regimen that is going to rehab that injury...Than you're not doing any good...You're not going to get any better...And with any injury the objective is to get you back on the field as soon as possible...That's as safe as possible."
And whatever the sport, if you sustain an injury, Dr. Dingler says just remember to eat some R.I.C.E. "Rest...Ice...Compression...Elevation...Is what the rice stands for and so you want to give the injury some time to rest...You want to ice it...Because that's gonna decrease swelling...You want to compress it with an ace wrap...Sort of like with an ankle sprain...You want to compress that which is going to decrease the amount of swelling...And you want to elevate it...Because when you think things hanging down...Gravity is going to bring it down...So when you get something above the heart...Gravity is going to pull all that fluid back to the heart..."
And doctors say it's important to work with your team trainer to set out a plan for how much rest your injury is going to need"