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Discussion: Ice

in: Gswede; Gswede > 2016-05-28

May 29, 2016 6:32 PM # 
You may need to tape for the trials and any pre-trials training...lots of ice!
May 29, 2016 6:44 PM # 
Oh no! I also agree with ice and wrap at first, but recently I've been told that you actually shouldn't minimize the swelling unless absolutely necessary because that's how your body is healing. This was from a professional but I don't know how true it is. But a compression sock or ankle wrap will probably help it feel better while flying!
May 29, 2016 10:12 PM # 
Thanks! Luckily today I was able to just lay around. It feels much better now. One more day and I should be golden.
May 30, 2016 12:30 AM # 
I heard a physiatrist explain that ice enhances healing by causing vasoconstriction and then a compensatory vasodilation which brings white blood cells to the area which get rid of the damaged tissue. Non steroidals such as ibuprofen will decrease healing but also decrease the pain.
May 30, 2016 6:52 AM # 
This isn't so useful right now, but do you do any ankle strengthening? Apart from wobble board action, Jon Campbell recommended a simple exercise where you balance on one leg and close your eyes. This is easy enough to do for five minutes in the course of daily routine, but seems to do a good job engaging stabilizer muscles.
May 30, 2016 7:19 AM # 
I usually don't have time for those activities. But I imagine it'll have to be a priority for a while now.
May 30, 2016 7:11 PM # 
Argh! Heal fast. Perhaps some enthusiastic visualization if you really have the urge to run?
May 31, 2016 12:52 AM # 
Oh man, first I read Sam's log about crashing her bike, now yours busting your ankle. I hope it heals quickly!

FWIW, I do my proprioception exercises (one foot, eyes shut) while brushing my teeth every night. There's a task I'm willing to double task on!

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