Cold Wraps

Written by Sierra Rein
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Every athletic first aid kit should be packed with a number of different cold wraps. These wraps are instrumental in treating common aches and pains associated with physical exertion and athletic strains. Professional teams, college athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts alike can all benefit from the use of cold therapy.

Placing cold upon an injured area does a number of things for the body. First, it numbs the pain associated with the injury and causes the nerves in the area to discontinue sending messages to the brain. Second, cold wraps help to diminish blood flow and swelling by shrinking all the blood vessels upon contact.

Proper Placement Procedures for Cold Wraps

Ice wraps can be placed upon the body in a number of different ways. A cold pack, or a simple bag of ice, can be positioned on the body and wrapped in plastic wrap for a waterproof fit. These packs should never be put directly on top of the skin; rather, a wet towel or piece of fabric should be spread over the area to prevent freezing the skin.

For those who constantly deal with athletic injuries, it is a good idea to purchase pre-fitted cold therapy wraps. These cold wraps are designed to fit particular areas of the body, such as the back, wrist, knee, elbow, shoulder or ankle. They are usually made with a waterproof neoprene outer layer and a freezable packet filled with non-toxic, thermally enhanced liquid.

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