Treating Lacrosse Overuse Injuries
A lacrosse game requires extensive running and changes in speed as well as frequent twists and turns to keep up with the flow of the game. Over time, these movements can lead to overuse injuries among even the fittest of players. Lacrosse players can experience a number of acute injuries such as ankle & knee sprains and hip flexor strains They can also experience overuse injuries that can lead to lower back pain. The proper use of kinesiology tape by lacrosse players can help players recover more quickly from their injuries. Kinesiology tape will help to lift the skin over injured muscles and ligaments and allow blood and lymphatic fluids to flow through the area more readily.
Probably the main advantage of a lacrosse player wearing kinesiology tape to treat his or her injuries lies in the fact that this type of tape is fundamentally different than traditional adhesive tape. Traditional tape aims to stabilize muscles and joints to allow them to rest. This may in certain cases cause restrictions in movement, range of motion, etc. Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, relies on your joints continuing to move through a full and natural range of motion. It utilizes these movements to perform the lifting action discussed above that is such an integral part of its healing effect.
How To Use Kinesiology Tape
To get the most benefit from using kinesiology tape to treat your lacrosse related injuries, here are a few points to remember:
- You should thoroughly clean and dry the area to which you intend to apply the tape. This will help it to gain the required degree of adhesion to your skin.
- Make sure there are no oils or creams on the area of skin to which you will apply the tape.
- Apply the kinesiology tape about an hour before your the start of your lacrosse game or practice. This too will help the tape to get the required degree of adhesion.
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