BChanV - Injury Rehabilitation In Rugby - RICER http://bchanv.org/News/injury-rehabilitation-in-rugby---ricer/ How to treat and Manage an Injury    The Application of R.I.C.E.R. (Ice for injuries)   How do we apply the ice and for how long ?  All rugby players must realise that getting back out to play or train or simply to walk around after an injury will depend on how fast you start the injury recovery or R.I.C.E.R. treatment process - The R.I.C.E.R procedure is R- is for Rest - (In some cases this is also seen to be Remove - Remove the player from the training site or playing area )   However once done Rest means complete rest from all sporting activity for the duratio Read Moren of the initial treatment or longer - the length of this will depend on the actual injury sustained I is for ICE - the application of which should begin within minutes of the injury - why Ice - cold reduces the diameter of the blood vessels that are causing the bleeding and reduces the blood flow into the damaged area (site)  by limiting this you are in fact commencing the healing process. In addition you are providing immediate relief for the pain in the damaged area - this reduces the trauma C- is for Compression - in some injuries this is not always viable however where it is the inured site should be wrapped up with a bandage or similar item to reduce the potential flow into the site and to prevent excessive use. By bandaging a damaged ankle it prevents the player from using that ankle and in doing so stops them for further injuring it. Compression is not tight it can be achieved by wearing compression socks, or skins over the damaged area Especially in cold weather.   E- is for Elevation - The ability to get the damaged area/site higher than the heart level will also reduce blood flow into the site and as stated prevent further damage Wha we are trying to achieve is simply that to reduce the amount of blood flow into the damaged area - so trying to keep the arm higher than the heart - or lying down and resting the lower legs higher than normal if not above the level of the hear - Raise the bed at night ro keep the blood flow to the lower limb reduced where possible.   R- is for Rehabilitation - If required and as stated in an earlier article the urgent need for further treatment by a specialist /doctor or Physio that deals with the type of injury Seek treatment after icing of there is paid and discomfort, do not try and dig in and be tough, it will cost you in the long run as the injury become worse or repeats week after week.   How Long do we apply Ice Here Tue, 21 Sep 2021 17:32:34 UTC en