How to Use Compression Bandages to Treat Sports Injuries

Compression Bandages

Humans frequently get injuries; riding a bike, crossing the street, or walking to work are all prominent examples. Because of the nature of the activities they engage in, sportspeople and athletes have noticeably increased chances. Many activities kids participate in might cause overuse injuries to muscles or ligaments and superficial external injuries.

It only makes sense that athletes have a variety of treatment alternatives at their disposal, and compression bandages are one of them.

Elastic Compression Bandages are usually sticky fabrics that can apply compression to injuries. The type of bandage used determines the amount of compression that is applied. Elastic bandages and tensor bandages are other names for these compression bandages. learn more about these bandages, their features, their purposes, and how to use them to heal sports injuries.

Why don’t we first look at some of the most typical sports injuries?

Common Sports Injuries


A sprain or strain is a typical type of sports injury. When a ligament—the tissue that joins one or more bones—tears or ruptures, usually as a result of an extreme pull or a turn in the incorrect direction, a sprain takes place; the most frequent sprain among athletics can be an ankle sprain, followed by the elbow, wrist, and knee sprains.

Common symptoms of sprains include discomfort, throbbing, and redness. The ligament is typically relatively weak after a sprain. Thus isolation is frequently needed to stop additional damage. Falls, excursions, excessive use, hyperextension, and slips frequently bring them on. Also more prone to sprains are people with weak ligaments.

In sprains, tapes, and braces are utilized for stability, support, and pain reduction.


Strains affect muscles the same way sprains affect ligaments, which is why they are frequently mistaken for one another. In addition, high- or low-impact falls, hyperextension, and excessive playing can all lead to it. Because many sports involve repetitive usage of a certain set of muscles, this kind of injury is frequent. Therefore, it is likely that these muscles eventually rupture as they grow weaker over time.

While strains may recover more quickly than sprains, they still need a sufficient rest. Although some strains may heal independently, a little tape will never hurt.


Fractures can be extremely painful, take a long time to heal, and may even require surgery in some situations. A fracture typically brought on by a severe impact or overexertion.

Avulsion fractures, comminuted fractures, greenstick fractures, hairline fractures, transverse fractures, etc., are a few examples of the various types of fractures. Fractures can cause various symptoms, but some of the more typical ones include bruising, swelling, discoloration, discomfort, bleeding, protrusion, and trouble moving.

Because a fracture can readily be confused with another condition, a physical scan is frequently required to make the correct diagnosis. The injured area is frequently immobilized with casts, braces, and tapes.


As you might have imagined, dislocations involve the bones of a joint moving out of alignment. They might be full or partial, sometimes known as subluxations. One of the most painful types of injuries, dislocations, can render a person completely immobile. They can happen in the elbows, shoulders, knees, hips, or jaw.

Weakness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding a joint can result in dislocations. They can also result from auto accidents. Dislocations in sports are more common in contact sports like football. Those who are older and have weaker muscles are more prone to this. The signs of dislocation differ depending on where the injury is and how serious it is. However, the typical signs and symptoms are deformity, instability, discomfort, bruising, and swelling.

Rest, manipulation, medication, therapy, or surgery are all options for treatment. Physical therapy for rehabilitation includes a variety of techniques, including taping. Surgery is typically only advised in extreme circumstances when all other treatments have failed or when the dislocation has damaged nearby nerves or blood vessels.

Using Elastic Compression Wrap on an Arm or a Leg

  • The arm or leg should be in a neutral position.
  • If the bandage doesn’t come in a roll, roll it up first and hold it over the wound.
  • Make sure to wrap as close to the wound as possible, starting from the end of the limb that is the furthest away. It’s not a good idea to completely encircle the limb.
  • To increase rigidity, make sure each wrap sits on the edge of the one before it when you apply the bandage.
  • After you’ve finished wrapping, tape or clip the bandage’s ends.

Using Compression Bandages on a Wrist

  • Starting from the tips of your fingers, begin to wrap.
  • To securely hold the bandage, wrap it between your thumb and index finger.
  • Approximately five inches above your wrist, you can stop wrapping.
  • From there, wrap upward and toward your wrist, continuing to wrap above it.
  • Use tape or clips to affix the end.

Using Compression Bandages on An Ankle

  • Hold your ankle at a 90-degree angle that is neutral.
  • Begin with the part of your foot that is furthest from the site of your injury. This should be someplace close to the base of your big toe and the toe next to it on the ball of your foot.
  • From there, wrap each layer tightly and inward until you reach the heel. Take special care to ensure the bandage is firmly in place before moving on to the heel.
  • To allow for minimal mobility and aeration, avoid wrapping the heel itself.
  • Wrapping should keep going toward the ankle. To make the bandage secure, alternate between moving upwards toward the leg and downwards toward the heel. It ought to take the shape of an eight.
  • The wrap should cover your entire foot and terminate above your ankles.
  • Use tape or clips to affix the end.

Wrap the compression bandage firmly but not too tightly to prevent cutting off your circulation or losing sensation in that area of your body. This may slow the healing process.

For this reason, it’s best to keep your fingers and toes exposed in appropriate cases. They will indicate warning when the skin behind the bandage turns blue or pale. Reapply the tape after loosening it if it is too tight. Remove the bandage entirely and seek expert help if the problem persists. A bandage should still be loosened and reapplied at least twice daily, even if none of these reactions occur.

How to Use Elastic Wrap Bandages

The Dos

  • If you have to wear your compression bandages to bed, you should wear stockings or socks over them. It ensure that the bandages do not stick to the sheets or rip off while you are asleep, which can be painful. 
  • While showering or swimming, use a plastic cover, cling wrap, or garbage bag to protect the bandage from getting wet.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if the bandage is on an ankle or a foot. 
  • Remove and reapply the bandage once in a while. If it becomes dirty or limp, wash it before applying; if not, it may be ineffective. 

The Don’ts

  • Do not use compression bandages on open bloody wounds. This can cause contamination, infection, and a lot of discomforts. Always clean the wound properly before applying a compression bandage. If, after cleaning it and trying to stop the flow, the wound is still bleeding excessively, you should see a doctor.
  • Do not reapply a limp or dirty bandage without washing it well in warm soapy water.  

Hampton Adams Compression Bandages

Our Hampton Adams Gauze Rolls 30 Pack speak of convenience and comfort. Our bandages are thick yet soft, flexible, breathable, and comfortable because they are constructed from cotton and other latex-free materials.

People with latex allergies won’t have to worry about any reactions or infections thanks to using latex-free products. Even in the absence of an allergy, latex can cause discomfort and irritability.

High absorbency is a feature of our elastic bandage. This indicates that the bandage can prevent any liquid or stain from your injury from getting on your clothing. When using a compression bandage from Hampton Adams, you won’t have to be concerned about contamination, itchiness, discomfort, or stained clothing.

Elastic bandage by Hampton Adams, available in a 30-pack, is sticky and secure. It would help if you no were concerned about the elastic bandage scrunching up or slipping off behind you. Our bandage will remain in place, hastening the healing process.

Our compression bandage is quite simple to take off. Your skin is not harmed, and no sticky residue is left in the wound. Remaining trauma can exacerbate wounds, particularly if you haven’t entirely recovered.

Free medical tape is included with every 30-pack of our elastic tape and can be used to strengthen the bandage’s bond.

Pets can use our compression bandages as well. The bandage does not remove hair or leave any sticky residues, making this achievable.

Visit our shop to get your firm, comfy, high-quality compression bandages guaranteed to leave no sticky residue.