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Old 03-04-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
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How to tape hands after rips

After going through some bad callus rips on the pads of my hands, I attempted to tape them up for the next workout, using all kinds of creative ways. But I can't figure out how to use regular athletic/medical tape and get a good even wrap, because of the flexation around the pads where the rips occur. Is there a trick to this that I don't know about? (I salt, sand and cut down the calluses regularly. I just haven't gotten the required leatheriness level yet.)
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

There was a nice "tutorial" for taping down rips that someone posted a while back -- anyone still have a link?

Basically, you tape lengthwise, between the fingers and down the hand, then wrap laterally to keep them down.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:24 PM   #3
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

This post couldn't have come at a better time - I ripped my hands for the very first time yesterday, and this taping tutorial saved me at the gym this morning.

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http://rifsblog.blogspot.com/2007/05...our-hands.html
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

That's the one. Nice link-fu, Melissa.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

Thanks for that awesome link. Now I can focus on the pain of the Workouts, not my mangled appendages.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:23 PM   #6
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

There's a better way to do it (that takes more time but is more or less the same) with the benefit that you don't get sticky-ness on your hands PLUS you can reuse it afterwards.

Basically you take about that length of tape and fold it in half. Then use a piece of tape and run it along one side making the dowel and the up the other side (so now the tape covers the sticky side) and the middle of the "grip" is 3 layers thick. Then just slip it on your finger and tape to the wrist.

If you guys want to do this I might make a picture if you're confused.. but yeah.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:40 AM   #7
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

Hey Steve -

For a scrawny guy, I'm pretty thick between the ears - could you contribute that picture? I can't quite get the idea.

Tending (or even avoiding) rips is one of the constants in this forum, and since I just got back from two months away, I'm kind of assuming I'll have some rips to deal with pretty soon - so I'd be interested.

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One thing I have found that helps me is stopping *immediately* when I get a rip so I can wash my hands with soap, pour in some disinfectant and superglue the flaps into place. (I've had better results with liquid superglue than with the thicker gel.)

Earlier in my CF experience I made a point of toughing out a WOD whatever my hands looked like. With enough adrenalin, that was doable - but by I ended up tearing off the flaps of skin, and the pain lasted a good deal longer.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:25 AM   #8
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

Steven,

Picture would be great. My other hand started to rip this morning. Awesome. I'm running out of things to do with two busted palms.

I've read a bunch of threads on this, and I'm following advice previously given. (Clean, moisturize, soak in salt water, tape.) At what point in the healing process can I start working it again tape-free? I'm afraid to start too soon and open it up again.

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Old 03-05-2008, 07:33 PM   #9
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

I've been thinking since I started that I'm surprised it hasn't been a feature yet in the CFJ. Its an problem all crossfitters face.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:50 PM   #10
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Re: How to tape hands after rips

Click to enlarge (wfs):
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/5...gripop9.th.png

I made one of these and used it for 3 shows in a row (where I did pbars, high bar, and rings routines) so they are fairly sturdy.
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