Heat and ice are treatment options that are recommended frequently by medical professionals when athletes are dealing with injuries. I often hear people saying that they have been told to use whichever one feels better or to switch back and forth between the two. However, there are right and wrong times to use each. So how do you know which one is best?
To help understand the reasoning behind when to use each, I will first describe the physiological effects of heat and ice, or what each one does to the body.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in cheerleading, and sports in general. There are several things that athletes can do to help prevent ankle sprains from occurring. Here are my Top 5:
One of the most important aspects, if not the most important part of dealing with concussions, is knowing when an athlete can return to their sport. If an athlete is rushed back too early, this can create an increased recovery time, and even put the athlete at risk of further, more severe brain injury.
Now that you have recognized the symptoms of a concussion in one of your athletes, what is the next step to take? Managing the symptoms of a concussion appropriately is the best thing you can do to get that athlete back into their sport.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is compiled from a variety of professional sources as well as the author's own experiences. The information should NOT be used in place of a visit to your healthcare provider or used to disregard any advice provided by your healthcare provider.