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Creams, gels and ointments

Creams, gels and ointments on offer at the Sportano sports shopIn sports medicine, creams, gels and ointments play a key role in the prevention and treatment of injuries. They are not only helpful for quick recovery from injuries, but also for the daily care of the athlete's body. From protecting against abrasions, to relieving pain and swelling, to supporting the regeneration of muscle tissue, these products are indispensable components of any athlete's first aid kit. In the Sportano sports shop you will find high-quality creams, gels and ointments from renowned brands such as ASSOS, KEFUS and HOLMENKOL.Abrasion gels: skin protection and regenerationAbrasion gels are an essential item in every athlete's arsenal, especially in disciplines where prolonged friction can lead to skin damage. Sports such as running, cycling, swimming and even team sports often expose athletes to the risk of abrasions and skin irritation. The main function of chafing gels is to create a protective layer on the skin that minimises direct skin contact with clothing, footwear or other surfaces that can cause chafing. This barrier reduces friction and prevents painful wounds that can significantly disrupt training and competition. In addition, these gels often contain ingredients that accelerate skin regeneration, such as aloe vera, vitamin E, or plant oils. These natural ingredients promote the healing process, moisturise the skin and soothe irritation. It is also important to note that abrasion gels can contain antiseptic ingredients to prevent infection in the case of minor wounds or blisters. The application of an abrasion gel is simple - apply a thin layer of the product to areas prone to friction before engaging in physical activity. Regular use can significantly reduce the risk of chafing and ensure comfort during prolonged workouts.Cooling gels: quick relief from pain and swellingCooling gels are a key tool in relieving muscle and joint pain in athletes. After intense exercise or injury, the use of a cooling gel can provide immediate relief, reducing pain and swelling. The action of these gels is based on cryotherapy - the application of cold to injured or fatigued areas of the body. The cold causes blood vessels to contract, which reduces blood flow to the area, thereby reducing swelling and inflammation. Ingredients such as menthol or eucalyptus in the cooling gels provide a cooling sensation that further relieves pain. The cooling effect also has a soothing effect on overtired muscles, providing rapid relief and speeding up recovery. The application of the cooling gel is simple and convenient - simply apply it to the painful area and gently massage in. It can be applied several times a day, depending on your needs and the manufacturer's recommendations. However, it is important to remember that cooling gels are only an auxiliary tool for treating an injury. They are not a substitute for professional medical attention for serious injuries. In addition, cooling gels should not be used on damaged skin, open wounds or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Warm-up gels: preparing muscles for exercise Warm-up gels are an invaluable tool in preparing muscles for intense exercise, especially in sports that require a lot of muscle strength and flexibility. They are particularly important in colder weather, when muscles are more prone to injury due to lower temperatures. The action of warm-up gels is to stimulate blood flow to the muscles, which increases their flexibility and readiness for intense exercise. The heat generated by the gel helps to relax muscles and tendons, reducing the risk of cramps, strains and other muscle injuries. Warming gels often contain active ingredients such as capsaicin (derived from chilli peppers) or essential oils (e.g. from eucalyptus or rosemary), which penetrate deep into the skin to provide a warming effect. Using a warming gel is simple - apply a small amount of the product to the areas of the body to be worked out, such as the calf, thigh, arm or back muscles, and gently massage in. It is important not to use warming gels on damaged skin or open wounds and to avoid contact with the eyes. Warm-up gels are particularly recommended for athletes before training, competitions or intense physical activity, as a way of preparing the muscles and minimising the risk of injury.Healing ointments: support for injury healingHealing ointments play an important role in the healing process of sports injuries, helping you to return to full fitness more quickly. They are particularly important in the treatment of muscle strains, contusions, joint sprains and other minor injuries. The active ingredients in healing ointments, such as arnica, calendula extract and essential oils, have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and regenerative properties. Arnica is particularly known for its effectiveness in reducing swelling and pain, as well as accelerating the healing of bruises and strains. The use of healing ointments involves applying a thin layer of the product to the injured part of the body on a regular basis. The ointment should be gently massaged into the skin, allowing the active ingredients to be better absorbed and speeding up the healing process. It is important to remember that healing ointments are only part of the treatment process and should be used in conjunction with other therapies such as rest, cryotherapy or physiotherapy. Healing ointments are particularly recommended for minor muscle and joint injuries, helping to speed up recovery and avoid long-term complications. Choosing the right product: when and how to apply?Choosing the right product in the form of a cream, gel or ointment in sports medicine depends on a number of factors, including the type and severity of the injury, the type of physical activity, as well as the athlete's individual preferences.When to use the different types of products? Abrasion gels: use before physical activity, especially in sports where there is a risk of skin rubbing against clothing or equipment. Ideal for preventing blisters and chafing. Cooling gels: use after intense exercise or for minor injuries such as sprains or bruises. They help to reduce pain and swelling. Warm-up gels: apply before training or competing, especially in colder weather. They increase blood flow in the muscles, preparing them for exercise and preventing injury. Healing ointments: apply in case of injury to speed up the healing process. Ideal for relieving pain and reducing inflammation. How to apply these products correctly? Apply a thin layer: you do not need a lot of product to achieve the desired effect. Excess may cause discomfort or an unpleasant sticky feeling. Massage gently: by massaging the product into your skin, you increase blood flow to the area of application, which can help the product work faster. Avoid application to damaged skin: gels and ointments should not be applied to open wounds, damaged skin or if you have skin allergies. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations: always read labels and follow the manufacturer's recommendations on frequency and use. Test on a small area of skin: before using a new product for the first time, test it on a small area of skin to ensure there is no allergic reaction. Remember that the use of creams, gels and ointments should be one part of a comprehensive approach to the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. They should be combined with appropriate training, warm-up, recovery and, if necessary, consultation with sports medicine professionals.
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