I tore today. It’s certainly not anything nearly as significant as what Rachel did to herself over the weekend, and it probably doesn’t even hold a candle to any of the rips incurred by those of you that took on Angie last Friday. The tear in question is on the ring finger of my left hand though, and today’s mine and Lesley’s anniversary. I don’t know if that means anything, but it’s been a while since I’ve torn, and since Mandy was sharing some of my favorite tips for rips and tears last week, I thought it was time to put them up on the blog again.
- Wash the affected area with soap and water (the most painful part of the process, as long as you don’t decide to try New-Skin)
- Leave uncovered, let dry, and cut off the dead skin
- Apply Neosporin, fish oil, or vitamin E to promote healing
- If possible, leave open at night, but definitely keep covered during the day until healed enough to leave exposed
- Drink water, eat clean, take your fish oil, and enjoy superhuman-like healing abilities
While working out with a rip, I prefer to simply cover it with good ol’ white athletic tape. I haven’t had a lot of success with the aforementioned New-Skin. Applying it isn’t a particularly enjoyable experience, and it doesn’t remain adhered to my skin as well as I’d like for day-to-day activities, let alone working out, but it may work for you, so if you don’t mind a little bit of a sharp, burning sensation, give it a try.
This is my routine, and depending on the size, depth, and location of the tear, I can usually have it healed to the point that I no longer need to cover it within a few days. Hopefully it works for you, but other suggestions are definitely welcome in the comments. Now if only we could figure out a fool proof, guaranteed way to prevent rips and tears altogether…
June 26, 2012
Split Jerk 2-2-2-2-2-2
Fenway Park Spartan Sprint on November 17th, 2012 the creators of the Spartan Race series are turning Fenway Park into a 1 mile Spartan Sprint obstacle course. It’s in our backyard, and rumor has it another local box is putting a team together, so let’s represent! Kevin Kittredge has agreed to lead the CrossFit Fenway team, so please contact him in the next week if you’re interested. More race details are available here.
Hyannis Hyball Invitational is a charity softball game being put together by CrossFit Fenway’s own Sean O’Connell to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. The event is July 28th at 10 AM in Hyannis, MA, and all of CFF is invited. Please check out HyannisHyball.com for more information.