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    Which taping or strapping do I choose?

    It’s the age old question. You suffer an injury and want to avoid further damage but you don’t want to give up participating in your favourite sport. So what taping do you use? What is going to work best? And which will make sure you’re protected? Well do not fear any longer bec
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  • First Aid Kits

    First Aid Kit Maintenance Checklist

    A first aid kit is something you never want to need, but when you do need it is very important that all your first aid content is sterile, in date and undamaged. Out of date sterile goods can cause infection, water bottles can harbor mold and bacteria, and fragile items can become damaged in storage
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    Ligaments and Tendon Injuries Explained

    The two injuries are very alike, and this is what causes a confusing overlap between the two. A simple way to destining between the two is that a tendon attaches a muscle to bone whereas a ligament attaches bone to bone.   However, both injuries have similar symptoms, and this is what causes most
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    A Guide To Calf Strains

    A calf strain is an injury which occurs when the muscle at the back of the lower leg becomes damaged or inflamed due to excessive strain or force being placed on the calf muscle. The most common cause of a calf strain is through overuse of the muscle, particularly in sports which involve a high
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    5 Tips for Cycling This Winter

    With the clocks set to go back one hour this Sunday (27/10/19) it means that the winter is officially upon us. Although the change is designed to give us an extra hour of light after work, many people will still find themselves cycling in the dark, so here are a few tips for those winter rides.
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    A Guide to Purchasing your Knee Brace

    Buying a Knee brace be it your first or a replacement is a daunting process. Knee braces come in several different shapes and sizes, as well as offering different levels of support it is difficult to be sure what brace is right for you and your injury. Therefore, here at Firsatid4sport we have prod
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    Hand Wrap for Boxing & MMA

    The reason which fighters wrap their hands is obvious, it protects their hands. Hands are made up of several delicate joints and bones which can be easily damaged when training or competing. The wrap is used to stabilise the delicate bones and joints and prevent movement when punching a bag, a pad,
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    Know your tape ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup

    The Rugby World Cup is less than 24 hours away and with such little time left to wait until kick-off we here at FirstAid4Sport have compiled a guide to all the taping you’ll see take place on the field throughout the next six weeks.   At 11:15AM (BST) tomorrow Japan take on Russia in the
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    What do I need in a first aid kit?

    We all know the many health benefits of sport, but what do we do when things don’t go to plan and injury strikes? We reach for the first aid kit! Quite often there’s little time to think, so a well organised, easily accessible first aid kit is essential to reduce the amount of downtime a
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    Tendons vs Ligaments

    How do you know if you have damaged your ligament or your tendon? Well to be honest the reason there is such a confusing overlap of what is what and where, is because the two are very alike. The simplest way to put it is that tendons attach muscle to bone and ligaments attach bone to bone. Sounds s
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    5 Reasons to Learn CPR

     Would you know what to do or how to react if someone suddenly collapsed in front of you? Sudden heart attacks are amongst the most common cause of death in the world. Performing CPR can be the difference between life and death. You can’t assume that someone else will step in – that
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    Why we love Easter Skiing!

    Easter is a great time to enjoy skiing, making the most of the better weather, taking advantage of the last of the ski season. Easter is the perfect time to enjoy a skiing getaway with family and children or equally just with friends. If you are the type of person who wants to ski whilst enjoying t
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    Knee Brace Hinges

    Choosing a knee brace can be difficult and confusing. Lots of technical language is thrown around with little or no explanation of what it actually means, or advice on which would really work best for you and your injuries. Hinged knee braces provide the best support, however, did you know that ther
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    Top 10 Gifts for the Injury Prone Athlete

    We all have that one friend or team mate who is constantly suffering an injury or ruled out for a season. Well Christmas is nearly here and isnt it time that we stopped making fun of their injury prone ways? Maybe not. But the injury prone athletes need Christmas gifts too! So here is our top ten pi
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    Dynamic Stretching

    Warming up is a vital part of exercise, but there are a lot of people who think that this simply involves a quick jog followed by a head-to-toe stretching routine that we learned in secondary school PE. These stretches (that normally consist of holding a muscle in a fixed, stretched position for 15
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    Fitness - Wobble Board Workout

     Mark is the founder of M10 Fitness, a personal training company with clients that include some of the best athletes in the world. Mark is a specialist in injury rehabilitation, particularly with the use of a wobble board, and he has kindly supplied a free wobble board workout video for you to
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    What is Skiers Thumb?

    For those planning to hit the slopes this winter, we thought we’d dedicate this post to one of the most common injuries amongst the ski enthusiasts – the skiers thumb. What many people don’t realise is just how much we rely on our thumb for most hand movements, gripping and simply
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    A beginners' guide to Touch Rugby

    FirstAid4Sport are delighted to announce a new local sponsorship deal with Lincolnshire Touch. The deal will see FirstAid4Sport being the club’s official supplier of first aid equipment for the 2014 season. If you have never played, watched or heard of touch rugby before, you can find out more
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    Triathlon - Tips for race day

    Taking part in your first triathlon race can be a daunting prospect and honestly, taking in your 2nd and 3rd can still be a little nerve racking. With three different disciplines to think about and the thought of racing against a large number of experienced triathletes, it’s natural to be appr
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    Stay safe this winter

    Temperatures dropping, poor weather conditions, icy roads and the general lack of preparation we seem to have in this country – yes winter can be a tricky time of year with injuries probable. We’ve come up with some top tips for staying safe this winter. Keep warm Obviously with winter c
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    Work injuries can ruin your sport

    We enjoy playing our favourite sport but unfortunately once the fun is over we go back to our 9 to 5’s and sit in our office looking forward for the next kick-about. Here at Firstaid4sport we are the sports injury know-it-alls. We can tell you all about how to prevent injury in rugby, keep out
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    Ligaments v Tendon Injuries

    How do you know if you have damaged your ligament or your tendon? Well to be honest the reason there is such a confusing overlap of what is what and where, is because the two are very alike. The simplest way to put it is that tendons attach muscle to bone and ligaments attach bone to bone. Sounds s
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    Check out the Firstaid4sport Taping Guide - Now online

    Following the success of our Taping Guide App (available for free on Google Play and iTunes), we have now made the entire taping guide available on our website and YouTube. The guide features over 40 step-by-step instructions and videos showing a wide range of sports taping techniques, organised by
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    Runners' Tips For Race Day

    Over the years we’ve seen an increase in runners in the UK and we don’t expect 2012 to be any different. Thats why we want to dedicate this post to those who may be entering their first marathon this year. It can be a daunting prospect entering your first race however we’ve come up
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    Introducing Exercise into Your Lifestyle This Summer

    Summer is fast approaching and it is a summer full of sport. What better time to get off the sofa, ditch the fags, get yourself fit and trim. Introducing exercise into your life will not only make you feel good about yourself, it increases your energy levels and does wonders for your health and well
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    Mental Healing - How to cope with an injury

    Although we talk an awful lot about the healing process after a sports injury, something we’ve never touched upon is the mental side of injuries – the psychological way we cope with injury and the effect our mental state can have on healing. An athlete can react in numerous different wa
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    Hockey Guides

    England Hockey like many Sports Governing bodies have difficulty in outlining specific requirements for Medical Care pitchside.The level of First Aid provided is dependent upon the training of the person administering the First Aid so it is very difficult for them to define what should be provided.
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    Boxing Guide

    Boxing is a very confrontational and aggressive sport meaning injuries are inevitable. Head injuries are very common, making boxing an incredibly dangerous sport. Black eyes and cuts to the head, in particular the eyebrow bone, are very common and occur in nearly all professional match fights. Boxer
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    Taping Guide App

    Firstaid4sport show you how the pros tape up a sports injury and stay in the game with this comprehensive Taping Guide. Watch Sports Therapist Chris Swallow show his taping methods in HD video and read the detailed step-by-step guides directly on your iPhone or iPad when you need it most - at the pi
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    Kinesiology Taping Guide App

    Firstaid4sport and Rocktape bring you the comprehensive guide to Kinesiology taping. This app features kinesiology taping applications suitable for almost every injury, so you can heal faster, train harder, and be at your best. Kinesiology tape is a widely used type of strapping which has a unique l
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    A Guide To Hamstring Injuries

    Some parts of the body are more prone to injury than others, unfortunately one of those is the hamstring. Just like every type of injury to tissue in the body the more pressure it’s under the more likely there will be damage. The hamstring muscles are located on the back of your upper leg and at
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    Five Most Common Skiing Injuries

    With the clock going back, the temperatures dropping and Christmas around the corner thousands of people will be itching to grab their skis and head for the slopes. However, with skiing there are risks and a likelihood of injury.   So ahead of your trip this year be sure you know the five most
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    Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear Guide

    An ACL tear is a common sports injury affecting the knee and is characterised by the tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, which is an important structural stabiliser for the knee. A ligament is a strong bond of connective tissue which attaches bone to bone, the ACL is situated within the knee
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    Kinesiology Tape: What it is and why to use it?

    Kinesiology Tape is used throughout the sporting world and is easily recognisable, it’s the bright strips of tape seen on knees, shoulders and backs. It is applied to the body to reduce pain, provide support, reduce swelling and improve performance all without restricting movement. Kinesiolog
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    A beginners' guide to Touch Rugby

    FirstAid4Sport are delighted to announce a new local sponsorship deal with Lincolnshire Touch. The deal will see FirstAid4Sport being the club’s official supplier of first aid equipment for the 2014 season. If you have never played, watched or heard of touch rugby before, you can find out more
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    Runners' Tips For Race Day

    Over the years we’ve seen an increase in runners in the UK and we don’t expect 2012 to be any different. Thats why we want to dedicate this post to those who may be entering their first marathon this year. It can be a daunting prospect entering your first race however we’ve come up
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    Wobble Board Exercise Guide

    The light weight strong wobble board is ideal to train your way back to full fitness and to integrate balance into every aspect of sports performance and rehabilitation. This Balance Board is perfect for strengthening weak ankles and your core muscles and here are some exercises which you can do w
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    J Taping Step-by-Step Guide & Video

    This J Taping step-by-step guide shows you how to protect the ACL ligament in the knee midway through rehabilitation and to prevent injury of it from reoccurring. Using: 2.5cm Zinc Oxide Tape 5cm EAB Step 1 Perform an anchor above and below the knee. Step 2 To perform the 'J' shape, tape down fro
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  • Ankle Injuries

    High Dye Taping Step-by-Step Guide & Vidoe

    This High Dye taping guide shows you how to prevent plantar fasciitis pain, repeated ankle sprains, ankle tendinitis, shin splints, fallen arches or calcaneal bursitis. You will need a single roll of tape to follow the four steps in this guide.  Using: 2.5cm Zinc Oxide Tape Step 1 An anchor i
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    Medial Ligament Taping Step-by-Step Guide & Video

    This taping guide will show you how to provides support to the medial collateral ligament following injury or to support unstable knees, you will need two kinds of tape and there are seven steps in this guide. Using: 2.5cm Zinc Oxide Tape 5cm EAB Step 1 Apply two anchors of zinc oxide above and be
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    AC Joint Separation Step-by-Step Taping Guide & Video

    Welcome to our AC Joint Separation step-by-step taping guide, in this guide you will require just two tapes to follow the three steps in this guide. Using: 3.8cm Zinc Oxide Tape Dressing fixing tape Applied to prevent acromio clavicular pain, visible separation or limited shoulder range of movemen
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    Electrotherapy and TENS

    Electrotherapy and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is the electrical stimulation of the body in which currents are passed through the body to stimulate nerves and muscles, especially in treatments of various forms of paralysis. Electrotherapy uses a low voltage electrical curr
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  • Foot and Toe Injuries

    How to Treat and Prevent Blisters

    A blister is a fluid filled sack that forms beneath the upper layers of the skin, they can cause pain and discomfort and will usually be caused by trauma to the skin. Blisters are a very common occurrence in sport, so how exactly do you treat, prevent and care for blisters caused by sport. In sport
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  • Back Injuries

    Hot or Cold Therapy for Your Back Pain

    Back pain is something that not only affects athletes but will affects a number of people in their everyday lives, two of the most popular methods used to relieve this pain are hot and cold therapy. However, there can be some confusion to which kind of treatment is best for different injuries.  
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    Do treadmills increase the chances of knee injury?

    Love them or hate them, treadmills are a key part of fitness and rehabilitation.  Whether you are new to running, you have been running for years, or perhaps you have recently suffered a treadmill injury and it’s made you question the impact it may or may not be having on your knees?  Our blog will
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    Knowing Your Tapes

    Here at Firstaid4sport we sell a tape for every sport. However, how do you know which tape is suitable for what job? We have put together this helpful guide to highlight the different types of tape that we sell, and how each one could be utilised to help you. Kinesiology Tape This is often known as
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    Interval Training Vs Long Distance Cardio

    It’s pretty much an age old debate that will go on for the foreseeable future; which is better for you, high intensity training or the good old fashioned long distance running? For those that are unaware, high intensity training (HIIT) consists of short periods of high intensity exercise, followed b
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    Rock Climbing - Essential Equipment for Beginners

    Here in the UK there is an array of locations to do both outdoor and indoor rock climbing. Rock climbing challenges you both physically and mentally, incorporating balance, strength, concentration, agility and judgement while giving you the thrill of exploring new paths. The combination of the abov
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    Choosing the correct footwear - Gate Analysis

    It goes without saying that when you’re participating in your favorite sport, the correct footwear is essential – so why are so many of you still getting it wrong? Of course incorrect footwear can lead to the common complaints of friction and inflammation, blisters, sore feet etc, but perhaps what y
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    Grip Enhancers - to help you get a grip this winter

    So the cold weather is officially with us, but does this stop us enjoying our sport- not a chance! Although it can be a little more taxing running up and down the pitch in the freezing cold, for many of us, leaving practice until the next season is not an option! Unfortunately, whether we like it or
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    Ice, Ice, Baby - Cryotherapy Treatment

    Cryotherapy is the process of using cooling methods to treat and aid healing in soft tissue and is thought to be one of the most effective ways to treat a new injury. Research into cryotherapy has found that the cooling effects of ice on an injury and in particular damage to soft tissue can reduce t
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    Strapping & Taping Guide

    Strapping and TapingStrapping and Tape should only be applied by those who are trained in there use.There are different types of Strapping and Tape and the application of these range from simple to very technical.To put it into perspective the application of a stretchy bandage to reduce swelling on
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    Cricket Guides

    At any match First Aid should be provided but the ECB have difficulty in recommending exactly what should be in a kit because First Aid depends upon your level of training. Firstaid4sport produces a range of CRICKET FIRST AID KITS that Dr. Peter Gregory the former ECB Chief Medical Officer recommend
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    Football Guide

    The Governing body for football, The Football Association is one of the largest in the country due to the numbers of participants in our national sport.  Football is a physically demanding sport that requires excellent strength, endurance and flexibility, for this reason injuries are very common esp
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    Head Injuries in Sport

    Head InjuriesAll Head Injuries are potentially serious so it is important to assess them carefully. Head Injuries can cause impaired consciousness which is a state anything less than being fully conscious. Somebody can be fully awake(conscious) or completely unresponsive to any stimulus(unconscious)
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