09/1, 2018 | BOULDER

The Gist

Trust your body, it knows more than you do.

After hurting my neck at the Jam yesterday, I had a lot of compassionate dancers lend me healing energy and advice. I’m super grateful for the positive energy and compassion, THANK YOU! However, the “advice” i received highlighted a trend I’ve been battling with for a while now: the passing down of misinformation simply because it is tradition. I was recommended RICE and specifically Ice as a recovery mechanism by over a dozen people. I really appreciate all of them for lending what they know or have used in similar situations, but i also urge EVERYONE to question more and dig deeper. A simple Google search can turn up so much and turn you into a more knowledgeable and efficient human.

Question your RICE theories for yourself but ESPECIALLY before you teach them to your students or friends. This is an article by the man who literally INVENTED the term, talking about why, as a recovery mechanism, we should NOT Ice injuries. Quick read on how RICE delays recovery (by the man who literally coined the term), and there are many more like it.

Recommendations from the man himself: 

“If you are injured, stop exercising immediately. If the pain is severe, if you are unable to move or if you are confused or lose even momentary consciousness, you should be checked to see if you require emergency medical attention. Open wounds should be cleaned and checked. If possible, elevate the injured part to use gravity to help minimize swelling. A person experienced in treating sports injuries should determine that no bones are broken and that movement will not increase damage. If the injury is limited to muscles or other soft tissue, a doctor, trainer or coach may apply a compression bandage. Since applying ice to an injury has been shown to reduce pain, it is acceptable to cool an injured part for short periods soon after the injury occurs. You could apply the ice for up to 10 minutes, remove it for 20 minutes, and repeat the 10 minute application once or twice. There is no reason to apply ice more than six hours after you have injured yourself.”

                    -DR. Gabe Mirkin

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