When you threw yourself in the deep end of sport, you were far from imagining yourself one day being confronted with friction. It must be said that the thing, which is not glamorous, is not the first one thinks about before going to sweat and empty your mind. However, today the facts are there: this nasty friction irritates you, hurts you, so much so that you fear that it will end up hampering your performance.
Don’t panic, we’ll show you how to protect the main areas of friction, so you can develop with confidence in your body and peace of mind, in training and in competition!
If you add to your thighs, which meet with each stride, a few half hours of perspiration, it is very likely that your effort will end in fierce irritation, and we are weighing our words. The friction between the thighs can indeed quickly cause tingling, even bleeding that can, “at worst”, compromise the pursuit of your activity, or “at best”, make it painful.
This is why it is essential to protect your skin before you go to train. To do this, you can use an anti-friction cream (which is resistant to sweat and water), or petroleum jelly. Opt for longer shorts, in the thigh style, also seem wise. Of course, shorts whose use is not intended for the sport you practice, or whose seams are not flat, are to be avoided at all costs!
During an effort, the regular swing of your arms, from front to back, can irritate the ends of your armpits, the skin being extremely delicate and fragile in this place. As for your thighs, an anti-friction cream and petroleum jelly are required!
3. Friction caused by your trail bag
If your trail bag is designed to avoid moving to the rhythm of your stride, and is adjusted so as to best fit the curves of your body, when it contains your flasks and all the recommended / mandatory equipment including trail runner should bring them, it is quite normal for the latter to move (even slightly) under the weight of his load. The middle of your back (at the bottom of your bag) and the top of your shoulders are the areas most likely to be irritated. Also, like your thighs and armpits, an anti-friction cream and petroleum jelly fulfill, as always, their mission to wonder!
4. Men, women: to each his own friction!
There are frictions that we are more silent than others, considered unusual and taboo. However, the nipples of many men are subject to it, and the experience can be very painful. To avoid this inconvenience, we advise you to cover this sensitive area with plaster (medical adhesive tape), in order to constitute a barrier between your nipples and your t-shirt.
While women wearing bras do not have this problem, they are not spared … Indeed, it is common for women to experience friction at the elastic of their bra. Unsurprisingly (because casually, you are starting to become a real specialist in the field), an anti-friction cream and petroleum jelly will do just fine!
5. The feet
Friction of the feet in a pair of shoes is the most common, but also the most annoying since it can cause blisters. On this subject, we invite you to take a look at our article, How to treat blisters on the feet?.
To avoid blisters, it is essential that you gradually test your sports shoes well in advance of your due date, if competition is your target . Your socks must also be reinforced at the heels and toes, and must not be too big (this facilitates the folds of the fabric, and therefore possible points of friction). If you feel that a specific area is sensitized, do not hesitate to wear a hydrocolloid dressing, it is a real second skin! Talc also protects you from friction, just like … Go ahead, we know you have the right answer on the tip of the tongue: an anti-friction cream and petroleum jelly! That’s it, you definitely have it all!
Whether the friction is produced via skin to skin, or via skin to fabric, whatever! You should ALWAYS test your equipment before a deadline, important or not. Knowing your sports clothes, your shoes, and your accessories perfectly will allow you to anticipate any inconvenience you will have to face. This way you can also try out different preventative methods and find out which ones are right for you! So, let’s get started?