Spenco 2nd Skin Squares for Blisters Prevention ?

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  1. PhilStar!

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    Hi. Has anyone tried Spenco 2nd Skin Squares, 200 Gel Squares, for blister prevention? I do have callouses too but they also peel off during play and I don't enjoy that either. So I need some thing to cover them up.

    I've tried almost everything to prevent blisters on the palm / hand and most have been unsuccessful. That includes wrapping my hands with athletic tapes, band-aids, liquid band-aids or sprays, and blister pads. I also wore gloves but I did not like that cause it affects my feel for the ball.

    I also tried various soft grips and grip sizes and don't believe they helped me either.

    Yes, I can loosen up my grip and that has help a bit but with my aggressive playing style, I do need to grip a little tighter for control. So gripping it too loose is not an option for me.

    I've just came across this: Spenco 2nd Skin Squares, 200 Gel Squares, on Amazon.com and I've wonder if those thin gel square pads can provide that extra soft barrier between my palm and the handle without interfering with feel too much.

    If anyone tried this or have other innovative solutions, please provide suggestions! thanks!
     
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  2. S&V Specialist

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    Have you tried duct tape? When I had blister issues (as both a runner and tennis player), I always used duct tape and covered it in athletic tape. It has always worked for me.
     
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  3. PhilStar!

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    Hi. Wouldn't duct tape + athletic tape make it more slippery to grip the racquet?

    I never used duct tape alone but I have with athletic tapes. I found it too slippery.
     
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  4. PhilStar!

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    Unless there is some kind of rough surface tape ....
     
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    I never used duct tape. I was wondering would the adhesive chemical in the duct tape is safe enough to be applied to skin.

    Cause duct tape was not meant to tape skin...
     
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    The key to duct tape is to apply when your skin is dry and put some athletic tape underneath it before applying. I have always covered it with a specific tape- 3M Durapore. It's kind of rough, but not too rough. You must wrap the athletic tape over it to make sure the duct tape stays on, as it does not stick very wells when wet. Duct tape should not cause any skin agitation, but if you notice any strange skin conditions occurring, stop using it.
    One more thing; have you tried using a grip that isn't tacky, such as Tourna Grip?
     
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    I think most tapes, including athletic tapes, have a slippery surface so just trying to grip the handle can be difficult. Unless there is a tape out there that has rough traction that I don't know about, but I can't seem to find that.

    I've not tried Moleskin yet but if anyone has, please comment on it.

    I think I've used tourna grip before but even with my tacky overgrips, they lose their tackiness very quickly.

    I don't think it's the tackiness that's the problem in my case. It's the constant pressing on the skin fold by the handle that creates the blisters and thereafter, the callus.
     
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  8. OHBH

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    Regular blisters on the palm is pretty unusual. Your problem is almost undoubtedly technique related. Do you play against a lot of higher levels opponents who hit the kind of balls that will twist the racket in your hand if you do not hit them just right? What gripsize do you use and have you tried larger or smaller sizes with any luck?
     
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    Actually, they form as blisters first then turn into calluses.

    But the calluses sometimes shred during play and when it chaps off like that, it becomes painful.

    So I need something to cover the blisters first then the calluses thereafter.

    I tried calluses removers (which turns them white and then it flakes off). It takes up to a week for it to work but it will make your skin look extremely white, which I don't enjoy since people seem to think I have a disease on my hand.
     
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  10. charliefedererer

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    Rather than trying to maintain dainty skin on your hands between tennis sessions, you should try something that can "toughen up" your hands.

    For instance, holding the dumbbells and elastic tubing while doing the "thrower's ten" exercises will create friction that will "toughen" the skin of the hands.
    Thrower's ten exercises: http://www.muhlenberg.edu/pdf/main/athletics/athletic_training/throwers10.pdf


    So will doing the "Tyler Twist" using a Thera-band Flexbar to strengthen the forearm muscles to prevent tennis elbow:
    Tennis Elbow: Step-By-Step Instructions For Treating Elbow Pain Using Thera-band Flexbar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2QQaVfeI4U



    [If you do develop blisters, moleskin is a time-honored way to protect and pad the sensitive blister.]
     
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