In Part 8, Starrett discusses the RICE protocol to treat acute injury: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Starrett adds the 24-Hour Rule for how to reintegrate after injury.
“Something is good to go pretty much when you can load it up and 24 hours later you still don’t have a problem,” he says.
This test allows you to see if there is any latent swelling. Starrett calls swelling “insidious” and explains how and why it occurs, how it’s helpful and how it can lead to more problems if it persists.
Starrett discusses how to manage swelling appropriately and cautions the use of anti-inflammatory drugs without doctor supervision. He also discusses the benefits of ice and describes his icing protocol. Finally, he suggests using intermittent compression.
“We’ve gotta deal with pain and we’ve gotta deal with swelling somehow, and I want to kind of have the effects of the swelling and the inflammatory response, but I want to kind of minimize the kind of detrimental effects,” he says.
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Additional reading: Hamstrung by Kelly Starrett, published July 1, 2007.