TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF WHEN PLAYING RUGBY

Rugby is a contact sport and you have to take care of yourself. We'll explain what you have to do during and after matches. 

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Taking care of yourself is something that players need to make a habit of, especially when operating in positions that involve a lot of contact. Here are some key tips that will help you look after yourself on the pitch. Start making notes! 

1. DURING THE GAME

You might sometimes pick up an injury during the course of the game and not want to go off. Fortunately, some injuries can be treated on the touchline thanks to cold spray. They can get you back on your feet again and alleviate the pain. We certainly advise you to use them. 

Ice bags are another solution that can help you stay on the pitch. An essential item in any physio's bag, they can take away the pain of a heavy blow or bruise. Our ice bag has a large mouth and can accommodate a lot of ice and cold water.

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2. AFTER THE GAME

It's important to have any blows you've picked up during the game treated as soon as the whistle has blown. There are a number of things you can do. 

You can use an instant cold bag. Unlike ice bags, they can't be used while you're on the move. Single-use only and larger in size, they do not need to be refrigerated. They quickly relieve the pain caused by bruising. 

Another option, for longer periods of treatment, is the cold compress , which is reusable and can help you work your way back to full fitness. The cold compress is a very useful ally in your recovery programme. It adapts perfectly to the injured area thanks to its microbeads. Refrigerate before use.It cools and soothes the affected area for 20 minutes. 

If you need to apply a cold compress, it's useful to use one in tandem with a compression support. Though our cold compresses come with a support, you might want to pick up a support that is larger and wider so you can fit it around your pelvis, shoulder or back. 

Compression supports are ideal as part of a targeted recovery programme. They work perfectly with ice bags, allowing you to compress and cool the affected area at the same time. 

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BEFORE YOU PLAY: HOW TO PREVENT INJURIES

To avoid having to use packs and compresses every day you play, it's important to do what you can to prevent yourself from getting injured. Here's an article on the parts of the body that are at risk and our advice for staying injury-free. 

3. GETTING FIT AGAIN

Our best advice for getting fit again is to use the RICE method. Promoted by health and rehabilitation experts, RICE involves four essential phases in recovering from minor injuries. It is a fairly simple process: 

We've now told you about all the treatment solutions you need to follow to keep playing rugby. If your injury persists, however, or the pain is too intense, then you should seek the services of a health professional.