LICE for injury management

This post originally appeared on my AikiWeb blog…

Probably you have heard of treating injuries with RICE, an acronym for Rest Ice Compression Elevation.

Well, on the kenshusei course, Rest is not really an option. So I have devised my own alternative treatment, called LICE, for Liquor Ice Compression Elevation.

Yes, it’s true that I get the giggles over the R/L swap.

Seriously, if you use enough of the L component, you can get through the rest of the day until next morning’s training. L can be used liberally while I is being applied to the affected area in 20 minute intervals. For me, C is now pretty much constant in the form of athletic knee supports that I wear 80% of the time I am off the mat. After enough L + I, E doesn’t seem so important. It is also the hardest to do effectively, but stick with the program. Remember: L. I. C. E.