How to Treat Sore Wrists in Cheerleading

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When you're stunting during cheerleading, you may find that you end up developing sore wrists. If your wrists bother you consistently while cheering, you'll want to find a way to treat them in order to get back to focusing on your routines.

  • Wear a compression bracelet while cheering. If you find that during games and practices you have sore wrists, you can benefit from the use of a compression bandage. You slip on the bandage and you'll feel less discomfort. You can purchase a compression bracelet online from Allegro Medical (see Resources).

  • Use ice therapy. If fluid has built up in the wrist due to an injury while cheering, you can reduce the accumulation by placing an ice pack on your wrists. Keep the ice on the sore wrists for 20 minute intervals every four hours until you find relief.

  • Take a pain reliever. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen help relieve the pain of the sore wrists while also decreasing any inflammation. Follow the dosing instructions found on the medication.

  • Speak to your school's sports trainer. If you still feel discomfort in your wrists, discuss the problem with your athletic trainer. He may offer further assistance and treatment options.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent sore wrists from occurring in the future, you may want to consider wearing wrist guards each time you practice and compete with your cheerleading squad.
  • You'll want to build up your bone strength while treating your sore wrists. Make sure you get plenty of calcium, at least 1500 mg daily.

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