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Q: World Cup ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: World Cup
Category: Sports and Recreation > Team Sports
Asked by: asselin-ga
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Posted: 17 Jun 2006 23:02 PDT
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Question ID: 739079
What is the medical spray AKA "magic spray" used on injured players
during the World Cup?
Subject: Re: World Cup
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 18 Jun 2006 01:41 PDT
Dear Asselin, 

Sport medics/physicians use something they call "cold spray", usually
made of Ethyl Chloride (alternate name: Chloroethane), which provides
local anaesthesia on the area of the wound.

Wikipedia describes: 
"It is a colorless, flammable gas or refrigerated liquid with a
faintly sweet odor. [...] Recent information suggests carcinogenic
potential; it has been designated as IARC category A3, Confirmed
Animal Carcinogen with Unknown Relevance to Humans. As a result, the
State of California has incorporated it into Proposition 65 as a known
carcinogen. Nonetheless, it is still used in medicine as a local
(SOURCE: Wikipedia, Ethyl Chloride <>). 

Porbably therefore, the Football Association recommends: 
"On the use of ?cold sprays? ? these should not be used until a
competent clinical evaluation of the injury (SALTAPS) has been
performed to determine a player?s suitability to return to activity.
Sprays must not be used as a masking agent in an attempt to alleviate
a player?s symptoms when significant injury has been sustained e.g.
muscle contusion, ligament sprain, muscle strain. Furthermore, cold
sprays should not be used as a medium to sanction a player?s return to
activity when the clinical examination indicates otherwise. Be aware
that inappropriate and over zealous application of the spray has been
known to result in a superficial skin ?burn?. If cold therapy is
considered appropriate, a safer, more economical and practical
alternative might be to use iced-water from a spray bottle." (SOURCE:
"Pitchside Medical Care",

Medics on the field, however, also use antiseptic spray and burn spray
(respectively against infections and minor burns).

Here is an example of a cold spray: 
Hansaplast - Cold Spray 

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