Bedford Blues Academy

Physiotherapy Support Guidelines

2013 – 14 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 Kelly Loftus (for Monday Physio) and Harriet Cole (for Wednesday physio) by 4pm (latest) to arrange a treatment slot.  Players should never arrive at training with  an injury without us being aware of the injury in advance.


Physiotherapy  Sessions:

Physiotherapy Sessions will be provided as below: 



17:30 – 18:30 Injury assessment – arrive before 18.30 to allow  time for assessment.

18:30 – 20:30 Ongoing Rehab

Players undergoing treatment, or rehab, will be given a treatment  time for the Wednesday session.


Injured  Players:

Injured players are expected attend the full training session on Mondays  and Wednesdays and to bring full kit to train, and indoor kit to do rehab inside, if required.  


Use  of Physio Room:

Admittance to the physiotherapy room, and rehab facility, is for injured players only.  At all other times  players are expected to be with the main squad.




Harriet Cole Sports Therapist 07921 480712


Kelly Loftus Physiotherapist 07870 805477





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 31st January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road