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Sports Creams.... real or hype???(6 posts)

Sports Creams.... real or hype???funknuggets
Oct 8, 2003 7:31 AM
Ok, ok, ok....

Im officially getting old. At the ripe old age of 31, I am a freaking gimp. Not sure if you all saw my previous softball and cycling threads, but the softball season has been... um, painful. After 5 weeks and a stunning 2-8 start, I have pulled a groin (week 1), bruised my knee (week 3), and strained both quads (simultaneously in week 5). So... Im nursing some residual soreness in my quads (which don't, by the way, trouble me when cycling), which prevents me from running very well (raising legs). Someone suggested plenty of stretching and also using sports creams and assorted muscle wraps.

Now, do these creams (ben gay, sports cream, tiger balm) really do anything, or do they just make your skin feel hot? I just didnt know if they are just a mental thing... that make you FEEL like it is warming up your muscle or do they ACTUALLY have some medical benefit? I have never ONCE seen or heard a doctor say to specifically use it as part of a pregame, or preride ritual.

Any testimonials or opinions out there?

So ponders the funk,
re: Sports Creams.... real or hype???allcrossedup
Oct 8, 2003 8:00 AM
You're right-most of these cremes are counter-irritants-they irritate your skin and create an over ride in your nervous system. They work best in cold, wet weather to shield your skin. As far as pain relief- ice might be better to use at home. Have you heard of RICE-rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Maybe find a good sportsmassage person. If you use the cremes I recommend Nature's Kiss- Hot stuff or Activate. Sold by Brave Soldier. Good luck.
Try IcyHot Gel and then go jump into a cold swimming pool!axebiker
Oct 8, 2003 8:26 AM
Holy cow! If that doesn't shut your heart down for a second or two NOTHING will!!

I had a shoulder problem as a competitive swimmer in high school and had to put that crap on before warm-ups. Our pool's heater didn't work, and it was COLD!! Not to mention that I live in Minnesota and the entire NE face of the pool was glass windows to the outside - great move for sub-zero days. Anyway, it makes water that was shockingly cold even more painful! I've never liked that stuff, but it does have it's place.
re: Sports Creams.... real or hype???Triphop
Oct 8, 2003 10:18 AM
I used Icy Hot when I played soccer in high school...always seemed to need it during/after tryouts, due to not being prepared for the efforts we had to do.

Anyway, icy hot works wonders to relieve the pain of pulled/sore muscles. Only bad part is the smell...Sports Creme is supposed to not have the smell. Words of not get that stuff anywhere near a sensitive area, and be sure to wash your hands well after application.
re: Sports Creams.... real or hype???mexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Oct 8, 2003 2:10 PM
Pondering Funk,

I hvae used sports cream's (a wide array of them) after long, hard rides or races, especially when I have another race the next day. I apply it once I get home for about 1/2 hour while I chug some Endurox and eat a bagel. Then I hit the shower and take all the stuff off. If my legs are still sore in the evening before I go to bed, I'll apply a little more. Ben Gay has been the best I've used, but it smells too much (hence why I apply before showering). I have also used it on race day if I wake up with sore legs. Apply, leave on for 45 minutes and then wipe off with a cloth. I prefer to take it off so it won;t cause a reaction with the sun (had that happen to me once).
re: Sports Creams.... real or hype???Dragon33
Oct 9, 2003 11:03 AM
Interestingly enough I recently ran into a gentleman at a race that was promoting and selling his product as well as promoting the race. His product Ibucream is Ibuprofrn cream which when rubbed onto the area of pain will relieve the pain without the side effects (i.e. stomach problems), this cream works almost instantly. His website is so you can learn more about it if intersested. In the colder months I have also used Sportscreme on my legs prior to riding to warm then and it seemed to help.

I assure you that I am in no way affiliated with the vendor above, just thought it was a great new product.