Treating an injury: the first 72 hours

The opposition’s hatchet man has brought an end to your afternoon with a kamikaze challenge and the magic sponge is not having the desired effect.

What are you going to do? RICE that’s what. No, not eat a bowl of takeaway fodder, it’s Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

“Once the injury has occurred it is vital you remove your self from the match or training session immediately,” says Bolton Wanderers’ head physiotherapist Andy Mitchell. 

“Start your RICE treatment, which is the gold standard in the first 72 hours. “The reduction of the swelling is paramount and this management in the first 72 hours can reduce the time out.”

Mitchell explains the RICE protocol to FourFourTwo Performance…

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