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Injury Prevention, Tennis, injury management

We Advocate for Change.

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Wimbledon 2018 is coming to a close.  As tennis players and avid fans, we love to watch the grand slam tournaments. The pomp, the circumstance, the prestige - all of it makes for great tennis.  However, it's becoming more and more difficult to watch how injuries are plaguing the professional players with each passing tournament. 

We get it - injuries happen. Today’s tennis is a more powerful and more physical game than ever before.  

But we have one simple question: Why are these remarkable players and their injuries being treated with 100-year-old technology like bandages and tape?  There is a better way.

{Do you agree that these athletes deserve more modern and effective treatment for their injuries?  If so, leave a comment in the comments section below.  We want to hear what you think!}

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Compression as a method of injury management has been around since the days of RICE (Rest Ice Compress Elevate). Consensus of medical specialists is that compression helps reduce swelling and hemorrhage from injured tissues.  These benefits lead to shorter injury time and faster recovery.

Let us be clear: it’s not a matter of IF the players should treat their injuries with compression, rather it’s a matter of HOW they should use it to treat their injuries. 

There was a time when using elastic bandages for compression was considered the standard of care. However, it’s evident that the elastic bandage fatigues, it loses the compression quickly, and therefore doesn’t maintain constant compression. The advances in fabric science have proven that this outdated method is no longer up to par.

Dr. Karl Fields*, a professor with The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Sports Medicine Fellowship Director at Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC, completed a research study when evaluating Body Helix compression wraps and sleeves. The study found that Body Helix compression maintains the stretch and strain capabilities better than other methods, like an elastic bandage. “I [did] a physics lab test to show that we can maintain that pressure level on a model that we’d set up—this was a senior project for one of the pre-medical students working with me—and we were able to show the product stayed effective for using it 24 straight hours — complete compression during that time.”

Elastic bandages, on the other hand, fatigue, lose compression quickly, and do not maintain constant compression.

Julija_283_TheHeavyTheory-1The sport of tennis must evolve. We must put the athletes first. Body Helix strives to create the most comfortable and remarkable products that promote pain-free movement fully aligned with the evolution of medical compression science.

We advocate for compression wraps/sleeves to replace taping and bandaging for injury management.  We believe in helping you move without pain so that you can continue to do the activities you love.

Body Helix is a global, online provider of medical compression wraps/sleeves that deliver the best in comfort, function, and hygiene. Founded in 2008 by Fred Robinson, USTA Senior Men’s National Tennis Champion, Body Helix’s unique compression wrap fabric and engineering reinvented the way people move with less pain. Body Helix has sold over 100,000 wraps to individuals and health care professionals who recognize the benefit of comfortable compression. For more information about how Body Helix can help you, click here.

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Thomas Parker, MD

Thomas Parker, MD

About the Author: Thomas E. Parker, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Body Helix, is a retired physician, with a practice specialty of Internal Medicine. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Parker received the distinction of “Top Doctor” in Charlotte Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2008, Parker became involved in Body Helix as a founding member and Chief Science Officer with the responsibility of overseeing product development, safety and guiding marketing materials to reflect scientifically accurate claims.

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