Use of ‘rigid tape’ by doctors after head injury was strange, affected my focus: Bajrang Punia | More sports News

NEW DELHI: star wrestler Bajrang Punished remains baffled by the decision of the doctors on site to use “rigid duct tape” on his bloodied head, which severely hampered his concentration ahead of the quarter-final clash against the United States. John Michael Diakomihalis during the World Championship.
Bajrang, who was aiming for his first world title, suffered a head injury in his first fight against Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier in the first minute of the clash in Belgrade.
On-site medics rushed to the mat and applied “stiff tape,” which is actually used to stabilize the knee and ankle. It is mainly tennis players and basketball players who use this tape.
“God knows why they did that? It caused irritation because my hair was pulled as it was stuck on my head. They didn’t even put cotton on the wound and directly applied the tape. I I had to cut my hair from a certain place to get it out. It took me almost 20 minutes to get it out,” Bajrang told PTI.
“Instead of devising a strategy against the American, my team and I scrambled to get that tape out of my head. All I had was about 20-25 minutes before I faced the American and all that time was been lost,” said the 28-year-old rued.
Dr Anand Dubey, who is attached to Bajrang as a personal physiotherapist, said ideally doctors should have used cohesive tape.
“Stiff tape can actually cause skull swelling because even a soft touch would cause irritation and pull the hair. You know how wrestlers keep putting their hands on their rival’s head. So we decided to remove that and to apply cohesive tape,” Dubey explained. .
“The cohesive tape is flexible. Once the impact is made when it comes into contact with any part of the body during an attack movement, it would automatically return to its original shape, would not cause irritation or wouldn’t pull my hair out,” he said.
Bajrang lost the fight to the American by technical superiority to get out of the gold medal chase. Later, he won a bronze medal, going through the repechage round.
The only Indian wrestler to win four world medals, Bajrang said losing by technical superiority to Diakomihalis was not something he expected.
“I had lost to this guy 10-9 in 2019. I’m not saying I would have beaten him easily but I was expecting a close fight at least. First the head injury, then this problem record, really hurt my chances,” he said.
The Bajrang team decided not to receive stitches, preferring to keep the wound open.
Explaining the reason, Bajrang’s personal trainer, Sujeet Mann said: “The stitches can open in the middle of a fight if you get hit in the same spot. There’s always that mental block that can to reopen, so we didn’t want Bajrang to worry about that.”
Bajrang beat Aremenia’s Vazgen Tevanyan 7-6 in the repechage round before edging Puerto Rico’s Sebastian C Rivera 11-9 in the bronze medal play-off.
However, Bajrang gave away a lot of points. All of his fights were close and he actually trailed before defeating his rivals. Against the Armenian he conceded a 0-4 lead and in the bronze medal fight he was down 0-6 at one point.
Rivals easily grabbed his right leg. Above all, the Armenian attacked his right leg at will.
This is certainly a source of concern for his coach.
“There are a few areas Bajrang needs to work on and leg defense is one of them. I can’t fault his stamina, speed and attack. But you can give your leg away so easily.
“Having said that, the competition at the Worlds and the Olympics is almost the same. It’s tough at 65kg. You must have noticed that Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) is an Olympic medalist but came back empty-handed from Belgrade.
“Similarly, Hungary didn’t win an Olympic medal in Tokyo but got a bronze medal at the Worlds. But I still think that given the hard work he put in, Bajrang should have played in the final.” , explained Mann.
Bajrang himself seemed pleased with his performance.
“When you play in attack, you are forced to concede a few points. If I lost points, I also scored more than I lost. You can stay defensive and not concede points, but I wanted to play an offensive game.
“I realize that my movements and my speed have improved and my attack has also improved. I could have played in the final and that was the goal,” he said.
It’s almost the end of the season for Bajrang, who is set to compete in the World Cup in December.
Bajrang has already started training, although mat training won’t begin until the cut on his head is fully healed.

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