RICE — 4 letters worth knowing

» Posted by on Nov 23, 2009 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

An acronym that serious and not so serious athletes should commit to memory is RICE. It stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
When a body part is sore, injured, sprained or strained, RICE needs to be implemented. Rest. Yes, you really need to stop doing what is causing the pain for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours.
Ice is the best method for reducing swelling. Ice packs can be bought at drug stores in various sizes and shapes to conform to the specific body part that is sore. Ice the part until is numb. You need to ice several times a day.
Compression means wrapping the injury with something like an Ace bandage. Don’t do it so tight that circulation is caught off where you have tingling.
Elevation means getting the body part above the heart. At night, put your leg or arm on a pillow.

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