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Tendons vs Ligaments

TweetHow 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 simple enough right? Well, the problem most people have is distinguishing between a ligament injury and a tendon injury due to their symptoms being very alike. So in order to understand them... Read More


Top Five Motocross Injuries

Tweet Motocross was developed from motorcycle competitions in the early 1900s in the UK. Motocross is riding a specially designed motorcycle, called a motocross bike, on a closed course, consisting of a variety of terrain; uphill’s, downhill’s, corners, jumps, etc. If you are racing, it is over a set amount of time or laps, with the winner crossing the line first. Almost all motocross riders will have been injured at some point in their career. Commonly when performing freestyle and tricks, however, participation of any kind in motocross comes with... Read More

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Hamstring Injuries

Tweet Some body parts are more prone to injury than others. The hamstring is unfortunately one of those, and likes to act up at every opportunity! 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 attach from the lower part of your pelvis down to the back of your knee. Their function is primarily to flex your knee, and extend the hip. A... Read More


Zinc Oxide Tape – All you need to know

TweetHere Firstaid4sport we sell a lot of taping products. However, it’s no secret that zinc oxide tape is our favourite kind of tape! But why I hear you ask? Well here is your guide to what Zinc Oxide is, and how you can use it. Zinc Oxide is a rigid cotton sports tape, characterised by its strong zinc oxide based adhesive. It is used by athletes and physio therapists alike to strap up injured joints where a degree of rigidity is required. For example, depending on the technique used, zinc... Read More


Coping with the Mental Impact of a Sports Injury

TweetThe is undoubtedly many factors to take into consideration when it comes to the healing process following a sports injury, however one of the factors that we rarely consider is the mental side of healing. The psychological effect that an injury can have on a person and how their mental state effects the healing process. Injuries in sport can cause people to react in many different ways, from anger and rage to sadness, denial and possibly even depression. A positive mind set definitely plays a part in the effective healing... Read More


Recurrent Injuries

TweetRecurrent injury is an injury to any location on the body that previously sustained the same injury. It can be caused by anything, from an accident, sports injury, or work-related incident. Sports injuries can often be recurrent with subsequent injuries being influenced by the first injury. Most recurrent injuries are usually worse than the initial injury, as a tendon or muscle that was partially torn the first time is at risk of being severely ruptured the next time. Recurrent injuries could have a severe impact on the injured person’s ability... Read More

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Top 10 Gifts for the Injury Prone Athlete

TweetWe 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 picks: #1 Firstaid4sport Ice Bag If ever you’ve experienced an injury, you will know of the love, hate relationship that you develop with ice. One too many dripping plastic bags of ice cold water and... Read More


Combating Overuse Injuries

Tweet Overuse injury is one of the most common injuries seen in sports. No matter whether your a sports professional or simply a once-a-weeker, you are not only at risk of sustaining a chronic injury but no matter how frequently you play you are in danger of causing further, long term damage. The problem with overuse injuries is that because the injury is classed as minor, pain can be tolerated and players tend to carry on participating in their sport. These injuries are usually a result of repetitive strain put... Read More


PRICE Injury Protocol

TweetPRICE – The protocol for immediate treatment of injury The PRICE regime (formally RICE) is a simple 5 step protocol that even somebody who is not trained in first aid can use to minimise the effects of immediate injury. The earlier the PRICE regime is adopted, the better. The PRICE regime should be used immediately when an injury has been sustained while further medical attention is being saught. If the patient experiences too much pain during this process, stop it immediately. “P” is for Protection – Protect the injured person... Read More