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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: SKIN ABRASIONS Reply with quote

Christal certified as Athletic Therapist in 2000 following the completion of her Athletic Therapy studies and Kinesiology degree. She currently continues her studies through the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Christal Filson's goal is to "Help You, Your Life and Your Performance Take Flight". To reach her, call the clinic at 948-6533 or email

Stefan certified as an Athletic Therapist in 2004. Stefan is a certified instructor for the Sportsmetrics ACL Prevention Program. Currently, Stefan is Head Athletic Therapist for Calgary United F.C.- Calgary's Professional Indoor Soccer Team and Calgary Caledonians of the AMSL. Stefan's goal is keeping any athlete of any level "In Play". Stefan can be contacted at Lifemark Physiotherapy West at 948-5888 or via email at

Christal Filson and Stefan Regnier are Airdrie’s only Athletic Therapists.

Christal was certified as an Athletic Therapist in 2000 following the completion of her Kinesiology Degree. She continues her studies through the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Her goal is to “Help you, your performance and your life Take Flight”. She can be contacted at the LifeMark Physiotherapy East Clinic located within the East Lake Recreation Center at 948.6533 or via email at

Stefan is located within LifeMark Physiotherapy West located behind the Apple Wellness Center (948.5888).

Spring has finally arrived; time to dust off the summer gear. As athletes of all ages and skill prepare for their particular summer sport, often overlooked is the traumatic skin abrasion. These abrasions more commonly recognized as “turf burns” or “raspberries” are the result of common sport actions. Sliding “into second base”, trying to make that diving catch. They can be superficial, affecting the epidermal layer or have a more violent nature, which can reach the deeper dermis skin layer. By exposing numerous blood capillaries, dirt and foreign material enter the skin, increasing the probability of infection unless the wound is properly cleaned. The most common seen areas are elbows, forearms, outer thigh, knees and shins.

The initial care is to rid the area of any foreign substance. This can easily be done by scrubbing affected area with Nu Gauze and any of the following; Blairex Wound Wash Saline, Krammer “Suds” or soap and water. Another item of choice is foaming unscented shaving cream. What about Hydrogen Peroxide? Care must be taken when using Hydrogen Peroxide as it can cause damage to surrounding healthy tissue, thus slowing down the healing process.

Once completed, the wound must be covered with a dressing and medicated ointment-such as Bacitracin or Polysporin (containing Bacitracin), thus keeping the abraded area moist. Using a medicated ointment along with keeping the wound moist and covered allows healing to occur from the inside- out. This prevents the formation of further infection and commonly seen “scabs”. Scabs are undesirable and can actually serve as a secondary problem for athletes since it can be torn off during an activity.
How do I keep the dressing in place during activity? This can be accomplished by using any number of items. The most common and easily available at your local *censored* include (but not limited to): pro wrap, Elastoplast tape, Cover Roll tape.

Properly treated and monitored “turf burns” usually show healing within the first few days. However, if infected, the possible signs include: increased redness around the actual wound site; swollen, hot and tender to touch; swollen and painful lymph glands (located in the area of infection-neck, axilla or groin), as well as a mild fever and headache. An easy way to see if an area is infected is once the injury is cleaned, use a pen or marker and draw a circle around wound. If the injury has expanded outside the circle, there is the chance of infection. All of these symptoms can appear two to seven days post injury. With this in mind, it is extremely important to monitor the abraded area daily and disclose any infectious conditions to physician or health care practitioner since medical treatment may be required.

The views of this article are not necessarily those of the Airdrie Industrial Slow Pitch Association. The information is not meant to be used in place of consultation with your doctor or health care practitioner.
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