Ice packs. This one should be a no-brainer. Ice packs are simple, affordable and effective ways to treat the most common kinds of pains we all experience from our favorite pastimes. Ice is a great way to bring inflammation down to a manageable level. People often use it to help take some of the pain out of a bruise and sink its size some. Ice packs have so many different uses it’s just lazy not to have one in your repertoire.
Icepacks have been around for ages, but this next product is fairly new. In fact, most people only took notice of it during the last Olympics. Kinesiotape is a type of tape designed to be applied to the body. You lay it over those portions of your body that have been hurt and are in need of healing. The tape adheres so well and is so strong that once applied, it will straighten itself back out and bring the skin with it. Why is this important? Because without this injured skin gripping to the rest of the body, blood has an easier time of flowing through. Blood, as you probably know, is essential to healing as it carries with it all kinds of essential nutrients.
Another great way to play through the pain, as it were, is with joint supports. Like kinesiotape, once it’s applied, you can actually get back in the game and keep playing. Joint supports can be used for the knee, ankle, wrist or elbow. They essentially ensure that your movements with those joints will stay within the natural plain and not deviate where a preexisting injury could get much worse. While you can wear them while you play, they also make great rehabilitation tools to be worn away from the field, court, pitch, etc.
Although you should always take care not to make matters worse by playing when you’re hurt, the above sports care products will help you get right back in the game as soon as possible.