After years of using bags of peas and a towel, ice in a sandwich bag and a bandage, or an ice pack to treat strains, sprains and achy joints, one of my clients gave me a Kold-Rite Compression Wrap as a gift. It seemed quite like a gimmick to me at first; however after using it to treat injuries, particularly shoulder, ankle and knee niggles over the last couple of months, I now appreciate the legitimacy of this product as an effective injury prevention and rehab tool.

“It’s made of stretchable polyurethane foam and it works by evaporating water to provide a cooling affect. KOLD-RITE is helpful in treating sprains, arthritis, tendon, joint and muscle injuries. It compresses the damaged area, which prevents edema like a traditional compression wrap, but also draws heat from within the muscle tissue to reduce swelling” (Kold-Rite, 2013).

I found the compression wrap very useful due to its ease of application, which made me more likely to use it to treat any potential injuries and swellings via the PE GCSE basics method of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), when compared to the notion of applying a bag of ice or frozen veg that you have to hold in place.

You can take it to a rugby, hockey, football match, etc, and pull it out your kitbag to apply for the journey home to wrap and fasten upon an injured muscle or joint if necessary; as it removes heat from the injury through evaporation of water from the wrap so doesn’t have to be chilled before use. I still keep mine in the fridge for a colder-wrap personally where possible.

Read more about the multiple-use Kold-Rite Compression Wraps here: