Chaf­ing

Trail Running (UK) - - Body Maintenance -

Chaf­ing re­sults from rub­bing on the body, usu­ally from cloth­ing, packs or skin on skin.

AVOID IT Top ultrarunner Kim Cav­ill has fin­ished on the podium at some of the UK’s tough­est races, as well as coach­ing other run­ners to race suc­cess. She says it is cru­cial to prac­tise your race day kit and cloth­ing, and to make sure that your pack doesn’t move around while you are run­ning. Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent lay­ers of cloth­ing, en­sur­ing that you wear good qual­ity wick­ing fab­rics, in­clud­ing for your un­der­wear, and that you avoid seams wher­ever pos­si­ble. Women should make sure they get sports bras pro­fes­sion­ally fit­ted; men may wish to con­sider tap­ing their nip­ples to avoid nasty rubs! Make sure you lu­bri­cate any sen­si­tive ar­eas be­fore start­ing your run and take a small pot of lu­bri­cant with you to re-ap­ply at the first sign of any sore­ness. A small pot of Vase­line is easy to carry, or sports spe­cific prod­ucts such as Bodyglide are avail­able in pocket size con­tain­ers. De­pend­ing on the area, tap­ing may also help to re­duce rub­bing if it can be eas­ily ap­plied.

TREAT IT Brett ex­plains that chaf­ing is re­ally dif­fi­cult to treat once it’s es­tab­lished, so it’s far bet­ter to pre­vent it hap­pen­ing if pos­si­ble. Try to keep any rubbed ar­eas clean and dry, while tal­cum pow­der or an­tibac­te­rial nappy rash creams may help to soothe the area and pre­vent fur­ther fric­tion.

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