The Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology students, enrolled in the course “Sports Medicine and First Aid” were able to apply their knowledge in the SMFT lab. The Fort Lauderdale students used ice massage for Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, commonly called shin splints. Water is frozen into small paper/Styrofoam cups, peeled back, and with pressure rubbed along the tibia, or shin bone. After this area becomes numb, the students applied light stretching by pressing onto the ball of the foot. Shin spints are common among athletes and anyone who runs or jumps repeatedly with improper footwear, onto hard surfaces, or attempts to conquer too much activity too quickly. A longer warm up including specific stretching is also important to reduce the risk for shin splints.

smft first aid sept. 2014