Bedford Blues Academy

Physiotherapy Support Guidelines

2016 – 17 Season


Outlined below are Guidelines for use of Physiotherapy support this season.  If you sustain an injury please follow the treatment protocol and communications below.  This will help us to manage injuries better, to keep you fit and playing, and minimise the time you spend injured watching games instead of playing !

Post Match:
Immediately make contact with the medical staff to have your injury assessed.  Advice will be given on management and when to see the medical team for initial assessment. 

If an injury requires treatment, or further assessment, you must contact Jo Livesey by 12 noon (latest) to arrange a treatment slot.  Players should never arrive at training with an injury without us being aware of the injury in advance.

Jo Livesey Sport and Exercise Rehabilitator 07734 830248



Initial Injury Treatment Protocol for Soft Tissue Injuries


In the event of suffering from an injury, it is essential that you  manage the injured area and follow the simple guidelines listed below.  These are not meant as a substitute for being  seen by the medical staff but as simple effective self-management techniques  that can make a difference to your ability to recover from injury quicker.


Post  Match:
Immediately make contact with the medical staff to have your  injury assessed.  Advice will be given on  management and when to see the medical team for initial assessment.


This regime must be carried out for 10 minutes every 2 hours,  making sure you protect your skin from ice burns.  Any longer than this time frame for ice will  be detrimental to the injured site and may in some circumstances make things  worse by increasing blood flow.


When icing make sure you keep a towel over the ice bag to apply  compression.  You will be given an  elastic cohesive bandage to compress the injury and this should be done during  your waking hours and when weight bearing.   Do not keep this on at night as it may adversely affect your  circulation.


Keep the injured area either level to or above the heart.  Keep your muscles around the injured site  (not the injured muscle !) as active as you can with simple movement exercises  that will assist the muscle pump effect and further aid recovery.


This needs to be taken very seriously.  Alcohol is a vasodilator and will cause an  increase in blood flow around an injured site.   This will definitely make things worse during the initial 48hrs.  The medical staff, on initial assessment,  will make you of aware of your alcohol status and this must be heeded.


Anti-Inflammatory  Medication (NSAIDs):
Research indicates that if NSAIDs are taken beyond the early  healing phase of an injury (1-4 days) they can interfere with and delay the  normal healing process.  This effect has  been demonstrated with healing of muscle, tendon, ligament and bone.

  • Take NSAIDs only if prescribed by your doctor and at the lowest  possible dose for the shortest possible time.
  • Always stick to the prescribed dose. Taking the medicine in larger  dose or for longer time can increase risk of dangerous side effects
  • Take NSAIDs with food to decrease the risk of gastrointestinal  upsets
  • Do not use a non-prescription NSAID for longer than 7 days without  discussing with your doctor
  • NSAIDs are not recommended for chronic pain or muscle, tendon or  ligament injury (beyond the first 4 days).



Next Home Match

Saturday 21st September
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road