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THE MONDAY SUPPLEMENT: HEALTH & BEAUTY: BODY CHECKS.

Byline: Lizzy & Anne

Playing it safe on the rugby field

RUGBY is a hard game played by hard men.

A rugby player will get bashed, shoved and trodden on. He has to be able to ignore this and get up and play on.

He can't show his weakness to the opposition he has to be strong.

As anyone involved in the game will verify, there are players and players, some soft and some hard.

The hard men are the ones who wait until something is dropping off before they'll seek help, the others we get to know quite well but at least we get to them when we can still help.

A player's dedication to the team or to holding his place in the team can cause him to compromise his own recovery.

Sometimes we experience difficulty with compliance when we tell players things they don't want to hear, but injuries and fractures have a time scale to healing and need protection until they are strong.

Remember, you can reinjure if you go back too soon. Concentrate on maintaining cardiovascular fitness with out straining the injury and try to do some light training as advised with the team, so you don't become isolated.

TOP TIPS

Fingers. Buddy-strap the little finger to the third and index to middle. (Like a Vulkan salute) Often the two middle fingers are taped together leaving the little finger vulnerable.

Sprains. Carry a roll of sticking plaster in your bag and tape over the top of your boot to save time in a game. Cohesive bandages are good too.

If teeth come out, put them in milk and then go to hospital. If the root is intact the tooth can often be saved.

PRICER (protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation, rehabilitation - for soft tissue injuries). As outlined in an earlier article, but if you want more advice contact us www.coventry physio.co.uk

Clean and look after your kit. Mucky kit is a route to infection at worst and blisters at best from stiff, cracked boots. Your kit will also last longer.

MORE SERIOUS INJURIES

Necks. Never under estimate. If in doubt always play safe and get professional help. No one knows if there's a fracture without an X-ray. I have yet to meet Superman and the consequences of getting it wrong are too dire.

If you have two players down, one quiet and one screaming, deal with the quiet one. If he's unconscious stay with him and make sure he is breathing. We know for sure the other one is at least breathing!

Lizzy Lane and Anne Owens are state registered and chartered physiotherapists who run the Coventry PhysioFirst Centre in Anstey Road, Coventry.

www.coventryphysio.co.uk
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Date:Nov 25, 2002
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