Compression - Sports Injury Treatment

What is compression?

Initially compression will usually involve the application of ice to a wound or injury; the ice pack will be wrapped in a cloth or towel and applied to the injury to reduce bleeding and swelling. Compression will also be used during the recovery process in the forms of bandages, supports and tape; this will further reduce swelling and help to protect the area from further injury.

Effects and benefits of compression

The most significant effect of compression is to reduce internal bleeding in the soft tissue surrounding the injury. Compression also reduces inflammation and swelling. Supports and specialist clothing are often used by professional sports players to protect from injury during physical activity; compression shorts, ankle and wrist supports are examples of these.

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