Sports Taping and Strapping
  • Being active and sporty has many health benefits, however with sportiness comes the risk of injury. There are many ways to help prevent the risk of injury, but accidents do happen. That’s why it’s a great idea to be aware of how you can help yourself and others in the event of injury.

There are three key components to effective injury management:

  • Injury prevention
  • Injury identification and treatment
  • Injury rehabilitationIt’s vital that appropriate injury rehabilitation takes place under the care of qualified professionals before returning to sport. Without this, the risk of making the original injury worse is greatly increased.

SPORTS INJURY IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT – WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Sports injuries are often soft tissue injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints. The first step for treating any kind of injury should be to contact a qualified physician who can provide an accurate diagnosis.

Two of the most common soft tissue injuries include:
1. Sprained ankles

A sprained ankle occurs from a sudden twist or turning motion that forces the ankle muscles and ligaments into an excessive range of movement.

In the event of a sprained ankle, follow and apply the RICER protocol to the affected ankle while you are waiting for the physician:
Rest – rest the ankle and avoid putting weight on the injured foot
Ice – apply a cold Hot/Cold Pack at regular intervals.
Compression – Gently strap the ankle with an Sport Rigid Strapping Tape and overwrap the tape with an Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage.
Elevation – Elevate the injured leg and rest on a soft surface
Referral – Refer yourself or the injured person to a qualified health care professional for precise diagnosis and further treatment advice.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner
2. ‘Tennis’ or ‘Golfer’s’ Elbow

A ‘Tennis’ or ‘Golfer’s’ Elbow injury is usually the result of overuse and over extension of the elbow joint while playing racquet sports or golf.

In the event of a ‘tennis’ elbow, be sure to rest the elbow in a comfortable and safe position. Keep it close to the body and apply a cold Hot/Cold Pack to the affected area at regular intervals.

A sprained ankle occurs from a sudden twist or turning motion that forces the ankle muscles and ligaments into an excessive range of movement.

Correct and effective taping and strapping of soft tissue injuries can help to reduce pain and swelling.

Sports injuries can also be hard tissue injuries to their bones, such as a broken wrist or collarbone. If you suspect a fracture or break, see a qualified physician as soon as possible.

PREVENTING INJURIES – HOW CAN YOU BEST PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SPORT?

Prevention is by far the best method of avoiding unnecessary pain and injury that may keep you from playing. Although many accidents are unpredictable, there are a number of proactive ways you can help prevent sports injuries from occurring or reoccurring.

Try out some of these tips:

  • Warm up and cool down thoroughly before and after sport
  • Remain hydrated before, during and after sport
  • Wear footwear with the appropriate support and grip
  • Tape or strap vulnerable or previously injured joints and limbs
  • Maintain a good level of overall fitness and muscle strength
  • Don’t exert yourself too far beyond your level of fitness
  • Gradually increase the intensity of your training routine
  • Always practice the correct technique and get advice from professional trainer
  • Allow adequate recovery time between sessions

 

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