Top Picks for first aid products and supplies for exercisers. Here's a short list of items to keep on hand in case of emergency or to prevent sports injury.
offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the big price tag. The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.
Also see: Foam Roller Exercises for Easing Tight Muscles
Every athlete, exericser, hiker or sports enthusiast should have a complete first aid kit and know how to use it.
Neosporin antibiotic ointment is good to have on hand for those minor scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It helps prevent infection during healing and may reduce the appearance of scars.
Sunblock and sun screen is an essential part of your injury prevention and first aid kit. Protect against harmful UV rays and avoid sunburn while exercising outdoors with these products.
Superfeet are one of the most popular sports shoe insoles to help align and control foot motion and provide extra shock absorption for active sports including running, hiking and other sports.
Elastic wraps and bandages are a must-have in every exerciser's medicine cabinet. For holding ice bags in place, to providing extra support for muscle and joint pains, a wrap works wonders.
For various scrapes, cuts, and abrasions, adhesive bandages come in handy for exercisers, athletes, and sports parents. Buy them on-line and save.
Great to have at home for reference, review and research, a first aid book can keep you informed of what to do in emergencies. Recommended reading for everyone -- just don't wait until there is an emergency to crack it open. Read it before you need it and return for a refresher from time to time.
Spenco® 2nd Skin® Dressing is a hydrogel dressing which is great for treating abrasions, minor cuts and burns, blisters and the like. The dressing is cool and provides a moist covering so it won't stick to the wound upon removal.
Any outdoor activity can lead to chapped, dry lips. A nice way to prevent this is to keep a Blistex with SPF in your pocket.