Forget about RICE/PRICE, focus on PEACE & LOVE

Two notes before getting started with this month’s posts:

1) I’m trying something a little different. I’m going to pick one topic to write about here, then offer more links with a quick intro to each after that. I’d love to hear what you think of this format.

2) Unrelated to this post, just a note about the summer blogging. I’m taking my own advice and keeping my priorities in order. I want to spend a lot of time with my family and, when you live in Wisconsin, you learn quickly to take advantage of the summer. So I’m going to go to an every other week schedule over the summer. Next week, I’ll post the usual ask me anything. Then I’ll take the following week off from blogging and so on through August. I’m not sure what that will mean for these monthly recaps but I’m sure there will be at least one over the next few months.

Ok, now on to this month’s topics.

We’ve all heard of RICE, right? Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation for injuries. Throw in protection and you have another well known acronym, PRICE.

Are RICE and PRICE the best ways to deal with injuries?

Maybe not. Maybe we should be focusing on PEACE & LOVE.

This method of injury rehab may be a little more complex but that’s because it’s more comprehensive. It also takes our latest knowledge of returning from injury, such as the fact that light activity actually works better than complete rest for recovery, and applies it to the method.

So, what does PEACE & LOVE stand for?

Protect
Elevate
Avoid anti-inflammatories
Compress
Educate

&

Load
Optimum
Vascularisation
Exercise

If you’re intersted in what each of these terms mean, be sure to click the link above.

More:

We’ve long been told that evening workouts negatively affect our sleep. What if that’s not true for moderate intensity workouts completed at least 90 minutes before bedtime?

Overtraining is tough to overcome. It’s expensive but there may be a “cure” for it.

Debates over stretching never end. The latest thing to be studied? Long or short rests between stretches. The answer seems to be that shorter works better.

What is debated more than stretching? Weight gain/loss. A new study suggests weight gain isn’t driven by the usually mentioned culprits but more generally by highly processed foods.

Running is good for you, we all know that. Here’s another reason: being physically fit reduces your cancer risk.

Yet another hotly debated topic: what is the best foot strike? The answer: it doesn’t really matter that much.

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