The fighter’s pharmacy

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During tournaments, especially in France, it must be noted that local rescue services are often equipped for major injuries, including equipment to evacuate a seriously injured person to a hospital quickly. But they are rarely equipped for minor injuries that are much more prevalent and that can also spoil the day by seeing a knight in search of glory/violence/adrenalin/contrasts… everyone has its own motivations!

The most common “injuries” in buhurt are bruises and wounds… in the second row are sprains of all stages of severity (especially knees and ankles), rare are fractures and head trauma with loss of consciousness.

Bruises can be very impressive but apart from being painful, they are not serious in a healthy person who is not taking anticoagulant treatment.

Bruising from an axe blow


Wounds are usually superficial, because of a metal part that has rubbed or struck directly on the skin.

But hand wounds from violent shocks on gloves, can touch blood vessels, nerves or tendons… any hand wound next to an important vessel or nerve must be explored at the hospital!

Burns or “dermabrasions” can also be a real source of frustration for a fighter because they are painful to rub during certain postures. They are often due to the friction of a piece of leather directly on the skin (force belt directly in contact with the hips).


Basically, to prevent these little problems that make our lives miserable, you need to have:

A neck brace (flexible but at your size) to hold the cervical vertebrae in case of a bad blow causing pain in the neck (call directly 15 if there are paralysed limbs or electric shocks in the limbs, the neck brace is useless in this case, a rigid neck brace will be placed by the rescuers)

A kit of dressings with sterile compresses or sterile sticky dressings in small and large sizes, Steri-strip and antiseptic (betadine, chlorexidine): in order to clean, disinfect and close any wound (wounds tend to get infected quickly in a dirty gambison.

Paracetamol: it is the most famous pain reliever that relieves some pain and is available without a prescription. It still requires knowing how to use it. Click on paracetamol. for more information.

A tube of Diclofenac or an anti-inflammatory pill. To be taken with a meal or accompanied by Proton Pump Inhibitors if you have any. Do not take anti-inflammatory if you have a medical contraindication (blood problems, heart problems, stomach problems, untreated infections, liver problems, kidney problems), even if one of your friends gives it to you and tells you that it will help you.

There may be many other things in your tournament medicine kit, such as anti-diarrhea drugs, chemical glue bags, sugar (for your exclusive use, do not give it to someone who is unwell without a medical staff telling you to do so first, may worsen a diabetic illness). It’s up to you to see what more you need.