R. I. TEACHER PAGE C. E. THE ACRONYM R. I. C. E. IS AN EASY WAY TO REMEMBER THE FOUR BASIC METHODS USED TO SPEED MINOR INJURY RECOVERY. REST ICE COMPRESSION ELEVATION Injuries that are not severe or caused by overuse of underdeveloped muscles, may be healed by simply avoiding any activity that uses the damaged part of the body. Most muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries need to be immobilized for 2 to 3 days following the injury. Early use can cause further damage to the area, and delay healing. The application of ice is the best way to treat most soft tissue injuries. Ice, when applied within the first 24-72 hours after the injury, decreases swelling, bleeding, pain, and inflammation. For any injury, immediate compression is important. Applying direct external pressure to an injury will decrease swelling and bleeding. Compression should be continued for at least 24 hours after the injury. Ice can be applied during compression. Elevation helps to reduce internal bleeding and swelling. The injured area should be raised above the level of the heart. This is especially important at night. IN YOUR JOURNAL: LIST THE STEPS YOU WOULD TAKE TO TREAT THE FOLLOWING INJURIES. SPRAINED ANKLE AVOID USING ANKLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. USE CRUTCHES WHEN YOU WALK. PUT ICE ON ANKLE FOR 24-72 HOURS, 20 MINUTES AT A TIME 4-6 TIMES A DAY. WRAP THE ANKLE USING AN ELASTIC BANDAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. KEEP IT WRAPPED FOR 24 HOURS. KEEP LEG ABOVE LEVEL OF HEART WHILE RESTING. SPRAINED WRIST TWISTED KNEE BROKEN ARM TRICK QUESTION R.I.C.E. SHOULD ONLY BE USED ON MINOR, SOFT TISSUE INJURIES. THE END TEACHER PAGE The purpose of this lesson is to give the students a refresher course in the practice of using the R. I. C. E. principles. The students will need a journal in which to write their answers. When you get to the point where the injuries are given, give the students 3-5 minutes to compile their answers. Then click the next slide. The first injury (sprained ankle) will have an example of possible correct answers. The remaining slides will list the R. I. C. E. principles only, the students should fill in their own procedures.