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Down and Out or Just Sidelined?
Cheerleading Injuries - One small word can make a big difference - RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
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" I pulled my groin/inner thigh muscle about 3 months ago. I didn't think it was that serious so I didn't go to the doctor, but I let heal on its own. It wasn't hurting me anymore until cheer practices started back up..."
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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.

R is for REST - Rest from the activity that caused the injury.
I is for ICE - Apply ice to the site in twenty minute increments.
C is for Compression - Apply firm, not tight pressure to swelling.
E is for Elevation - Elevate the injury above heart level.

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.

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