Rips are a common part of gymnastics training, and whilst steps can be taken to minimise your risk of sustaining a rip on the hands or other part of your body, knowing how to treat a rip is a lifelong lesson for gymnasts of all ages and abilities.

Whilst gymnasts just starting out rip due to the lack of toughened skin on the hands, elite performers can rip easily due to their intense training regimes, but dealing with your very first rip can be rather daunting. Here we reveal the steps you should take when treating your first rip…


Remove excess skin

Rips occur due to excess friction caused by bar or ring use, friction that can evidently take its toll on the palms of your hands and your wrists. When you rip, the angry exposed flesh can be a troubling sight, however, the excess skin around the rip must be removed for a quick healing process.

Use a pair of nail clippers that have been sufficiently sterilised to remove this excess skin for a clean cut and infection free removal, then wash your hands with soap and clean water.

Avoid hand lotions

Whilst a vital part of protecting your hands from rips is to keep them moisturised with a good quality hand lotion, applying hand lotion to a fresh rip is a big no-no. Instead of reaching for your favourite hand lotion, use an antibiotic ointment to encourage healing. Only start reapplying hand lotion once new skin has covered your wound.

Return to training safely

When it comes to returning to training, thanks to a range of high quality protective products you needn’t wait long after you have sustained your first rip. RipGuardian is an excellent product to use to harness the highest standard of rip protection this product are available at Simply apply the specially formulated putty to your rip, secure with tape and return to training as usual.


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