Whether you bumped into you desk or collided during your last match, bruises can be ugly and painful. Bruises are caused when tiny blood vessels are damaged or broken as the result of trauma to the skin. The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured blood vessels into the tissues as well as from the body's response to the injury.
Bruises are usually not serious, but they can be painful, especially when they cover a large surface area.
As the Olympics enter the final week of competition, the athletes continue to use various forms of treatment to help their bodies recover and continue to perform at the highest level. You may have seen one of these treatments in the form of a colorful elastic tape. That colorful elastic tape, also known as Kinesio Tape, makes appearances at not only the Olympics but on international playing fields of all levels. The tape works by lifting the skin up and away from sore or inju