Realistic: Wrap It Up
When an injury takes place, it is important to immobilize it, or keep it still. An elastic bandage wrapped firmly around an injury can help minimize swelling and reduce the pain.
During a training session, Maggie, a pole vaulter, landed awkwardly on the pad and twisted her wrist. Due to her injury, she has come to the training room to have her wrist wrapped.
TASK- The “Doers”
Complete the following steps to take on the role of an Athletic Trainer. (Click instructional video Link in #2)
- Wash your hands. Then get yourself an Ace Bandage or a long sock.
- Watch this instructional video to learn how to best wrap this injury.
- Find a family member who will be the injured athlete. You will be the athletic trainer.
- Athletic Trainer: Take the bandage wrap or long sock and begin wrapping the athlete’s wrist like they show on the video.
- Injured Athlete: Move your wrist up and down to feel the resistance provided by the bandage. Is the bandage too loose, too tight, or just right? Provide feedback to the Athletic Trainer.
HINT: Some athletic trainers find it easier to leave the wrap in a roll as they apply it, rather than unraveling the entire bandage.
In your journal, reflect upon what you enjoy or do not enjoy about hands-on activities.
Roll up the bandage or sock and place it back where it goes.
VIDEO: Athletic Trainer