Shoulder pain strapping technique

Taping Techniques
Taping to Prevent Injury

There a range of taping techniques that qualified health professionals use to help with both the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.

It’s important to know about the different uses of taping and strapping before you attempt it yourself.

Choosing Which Tape to Use

Two basic rules of tapping are:

  1. When you need to restrict joint movement, use a rigid strapping tape.
  2. When you need to compress and support joints or muscles, use an elastic adhesive bandage.

Elastoplast provides a wide range of sports tape and bandages to assist with injury management and prevention, including but not limited to:

Taping techniques for Prevention of Common Injuries

Strapping Knee

Protecting the knee

To help provide support to knee ligaments, begin with placing a 3.8cm roll of tape under the heel of the affected leg.

  1. Attach anchors to the top and bottom with Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage 7.5cm. Add another two at the top and bottom with Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape 3.8cm for further strength. Apply two diagonal straps using Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape 3.8cm. Start from the outside of the calf, passing the inside of the knee cap to the inside of the thigh. Then attach a strap going in the opposite direction, from the inside of the calf passing the inside of the knee cap to the outside of the thigh.
  2. Repeat the taping several times to increase support.
  3. Apply two vertical straps (shown in white) from the top to the bottom anchors on the inside of the leg.
  4. Overwrap with Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage 7.5cm using an overlapping spiral with a figure-8 at the knee joint to completely cover the rigid tape. (This will help provide extra protection). 
Ankle Strapping

Protecting the ankle

This simple taping method offers maximum support in helping to prevent lateral ligament sprains. 

  1. Using, Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape 3.8cm, attach anchors (A) first and then 3 stirrup straps (B).
  2. Apply two figure-6’s around the foot, starting from the inside to the outside, returning to the inside after crossing the front of the foot (C).
  3. Apply a half-heel lock to provide further support to the rear ankle area. Begin on the inside of the lower leg (D) and move down and across the outside of the ankle towards the front of the heel. Pass the tape under the foot and across the inside of the heel at a 45o angle (E). Pass the tape back to the outside of the ankle to finish on the inside of the lower leg where you started.
  4. Overwrap the tape with Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage 5cm to provide mild compression and to further secure the taped area. Using the figure-8 formation and a spiral, completely cover the rigid tape.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner

Read more on ankle strapping to prevent ankle sprains.


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