Ripped Hands Care

Things Every CrossFit Athlete Should Own. ~ Carissa Boone

Yesterday we talked about how to take care of your calluses but what happens when you have already ripped? Taking care of a rip or rips is a little more involved than your typical scrap or cut. When you rip not only do you have open wound but you have new skin underneath that is now exposed to the elements. The goal now is to keep from getting an infection and to help the new skin from drying out and cracking. This is contrary to the belief that you should let the area dry out. Trust me, if you let the area dry out you’ll spend more time being aware of that little cut than anything going on in your life. The information below is from personal experience and has been used to help my athletes. The information posted here is not in place of medical advice. Anytime you are injured you should seek the advice of a physician.

The first thing to do after you rip is to clean the Pull-up bar you were using or at least let the coach know you ripped and there is blood on the bar. You don’t want someone else lathering their hands in your blood. Once you’ve made sure to clean up your biohazard on the bar, you need to throughly clean the ripped area on your hand with soap and water. Make sure to get in there and remove any chalk or dirt that may have creeped in. Next remove the ripped skin by cutting it away with sterilized scissors. Just dump them in some alcohol for a minute. Make sure to cut as close to the base of your palm as possible. You don’t want any small skin from the rip drying out and catching onto something. Now take some A&D ointment and rub it into the rip. A little will go a long way. Yes, A&D ointment, the same stuff used on babies bottoms for diaper rash. This stuff is like stem cells in a tube. Carissa and I have used A&D ointment after every tattoo session and the stuff just works. I found out the hard way that I am allergic to triple antibiotic ointments like Neosporin. After the A&D ointment take a large bandage or nonstick gauze pad and cover the area. If you use a band-aid you will most likely need to tape over the area. The A&D will make the bandage slide right off. Repeat the A&D and bandage portion any time you wash your hands or when the area starts to get dry. In about 2 days the area will be almost healed.

So if you rip what about training? That is a personal decision but I’ll let you in on a little secret. Once you have given the rip about 2 days to heal with A&D you can start using blister care bandages (do not use A&D under the blister bandage, they will just slide right off). These little guys will help speed the healing process by keeping the area occlusive and allow you do some training. They will bunch up in your palm like tape but they will keep the wound covered. So why not use them right off the bat? While blister packs will help keep the area covered they don’t have the magic healing powers of A&D which contains Cod Liver Oil. I believe that is the secret behind A&D and helps heal wounds quickly. Biggest thing to keep in mind when you rip is that you have an open wound and you need to take care of it. There are a lot of creepy crawlers running around and if you get an infection then you don’t train. Keep the area clean and watch for infection. It’s really that simple.