Steven Poacher

Steven Poacher – Do you do this when you get injured?

Steven Poacher says that players need more education, particularly about injuries

In his column in this week’s Gaelic Life, Steven Poacher has highlighted the four areas in which players need educated the most.

One of those was injuries, and he said that the moment that a player is injured they must act quickly.

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He says: “The three most common injuries in contact sports like Gaelic Games are hamstring strains, ankle twists/strains, and shoulder injuries.

“The latter happens mostly to younger players moving up to senior football for the first time without the required upper body physique.

“Obviously prevention is better than the cure, but is there anything these players can do when injuries do occur?

“Attend to the injuries within a few minutes of the injury and apply the RICE treatment. As a matter of interest, the sooner this treatment is started the more effective it will be. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Stay away from heat.”

Read what Poacher says about the three other aspects of player education in the current issue of Gaelic Life.

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