For any athlete, whatever your sport – triathlon, running, cycling, rock climbing – no matter how good you are, one thing’s certain: at some point you’re going to get an injury in competition or training.
It doesn’t matter how well you warm up or prepare, it’s going to happen. And when it does, there’s going to be just one thing on your mind, and that’s ‘how quickly can I get back into action?’
That will depend not only on the type and severity of your injury, but also how you treat it.
While you may have a physio or club doctor involved, there’s one thing you can do for yourself, and that’s to use ice-cold compression – the most important part of R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) injury treatment.
You’ve probably already been there, holding ice in a towel or pack of frozen peas to a thigh strain or calf pull while watching TV.
That’s better than nothing, but it’s a pain to use. You’ve either got to hold it there, or somehow strap it into position, and even then it never seems to stay cold enough.
So here’s what I reckon is a better way, and that’s to use Hyperice – it takes away all that messing around and gives you a better, faster result.
There are five products in all, one each for back, knee, shoulder and extended shoulder injuries, and a ‘utility’ one you can use pretty much for knocks and soreness anywhere. So it’s perfect for ankle sprains, shin splints, tennis elbow, strained wrists and even bruised feet.
There are basically two parts to each one, an ‘Ice Cell’ that you fill up with ice before each treatment, and pre-formed strapping to keep it in place against your injury.
On top of the Ice Cell is a valve to let out all the air from around the ice, which means it packs much tighter together. That does two things. First, you don’t get pockets of air stopping the cold getting to your injury. And second, the ice wraps around your injury so you get an ‘ice cast’ forming round the injured area to give maximum cold contact and maximum compression, treating your injury faster and better.
Just keep the Hyperice device strapped on for 15-20 minutes (a bit less for elbows) and leave 90 minutes between treatment sessions.
None of the range needs much looking after, just rinse out the Ice Cell when you’re done and let it air dry, then keep it somewhere cool until you need it. And if it gets forgotten at the bottom of your kitbag, don’t worry – an anti- microbial coating means you won’t get any bugs growing on it.
So if you want a better way to treat injuries, or just want to recover more effectively from training, I reckonHyperice will do the job for you.