Soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains are the most common sporting injuries. You may have heard of RICER and No HARM as immediate management techniques when someone tears a muscle but is PEACE & LOVE better?
Earlier this year, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a report suggesting PEACE & LOVE as a superior acronym (1).
PEACE is for the first 72 hours after an injury, to be commenced immediately:
P – Protect
E – Elevate
A – Avoid anti-inflammatory medications
C – Compress
E – Educate
After the first 72 hours have passed, soft tissue injuries need LOVE:
L – Load
O – Optimism
V – Vascularisation
E – Exercise
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