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Always check with your health care professional!

I recall my first-born son’s pediatrician. On one specific visit, after a questioning look from me, she gave an explanation that the brat she was referring to was the diet she wanted me to put my ailing son on; bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

As it turns out, there is a similar “diet” for those prone to sports injuries of the sprain and strain variety. While my doctor has often advised me along these lines, so often that I rarely go back, it’s only recently that I came across the acronym for his advise. It’s rice; rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Sometimes in our training, as much as we don’t want to, we have to face the facts. While the invincible spirit wants to forge forward at all costs, it is important to take care of ourselves in order to be able to shoot tomorrow. If this means taking a day off from shooting, spending some time with an ice pack on an already chilly day and breaking out the anti-inflammatory medication, then so be it.

Especially with the international Kyudo seminar just around the corner… listen to your body… take care and stay well.

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