|Down and Out or Just Sidelined?|
|Cheerleading Injuries - One small word can make a big difference - RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation|
Between tryouts, practices, camps and competitions your body takes its toll of abuse. It is very likely you have had or will have your share of injuries, bumps and bruises. So, when do you know if you're really down and out or just sidelined for a while?
Dr. Mark Hutchinson notes that, Compared with other sports, Cheerleading carries a relatively low risk of injury, but the injuries that do occur tend to be relatively severe in terms of time lost. Cheerleading injuries have been attributed to lack of experience, inadequate conditioning, insufficient supervision, difficult stunts, and inappropriate surfaces and equipment. And like most other sports, it is obvious that the majority of Cheerleading injuries can be prevented with a reasonable amount of caution and education. This is where your safety guidelines matter most.
When injured, one small word can make a big difference - RICE - Remember it and what it stands for.
is for REST - Rest from the activity that
caused the injury.
How you initially treat an injury can effect the length of time you'll be out and lessen your chances of being reinjured. As you recover, note that the lack of pain is not always an indication that you're healed. Take things slow, build up your strength, gradually increase your motion and above all else, follow the advice of your health care professional. Before you know it, you'll be up and cheering again!*Note: This article is for informational purposes only. If you're injured, you should follow your health care professional's advice.