Shin Splints Taping

Just a simple roll of tape can provide instant relief from shin pain. Premiership physiotherapist Neal Reynolds demonstrates a simple shin splints taping technique that can be applied before training or to help take the strain off the shin when resting.

The following guidelines for shin splints taping are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any self treatment. Taping shin splints is a great way to provide support and relief from pain originating at the lower third of the inside side of the shin bone or tibia.

How to tape shin splints

All that is required is a simple roll of 2.5cm or 1 inch non stretch zinc oxide tape. Slightly wider 3.8cm or 1.5 inch tape can be used for larger legs but the 1 inch size should be fine for everyone.


Underwrap and and skin adhesive is optional. The tape will be more effective if applied directly to the skin. However the skin will need to be free of hair or shaved to allow the tape to stick effectively and prevent pain when removing. The tape can be applied onto underwrap which is secured with a skin adhesive, however it is unlikely to be as effective or last as long as tape applied directly to the skin.


Step 1

Starting with the bony bit on the inside of the ankle apply a strip of tape across the front of the ankle, around the back of the Achilles tendon (not too tight here) and then diagonally across and up the front.


Make sure it is not too tight around the back of the Achilles tendon but you might like to try a little pressure as the tape comes up the front. You may need to experiment a few times

Step 2

Repeat the shin splints taping two more times slightly overlapping the first one as shown opposite. Make sure the tape covers the painful area on the inside of the shin.

If done correctly this is a very good taping that will take the pressure off the lower shin. Remember that you can rid yourself of shin splints but must also use all other methods of treatment possible.

Warning be aware:

If you are allergic to tape or the latex in some zinc oxide tape then use tape that will not cause a reaction or do not tape at all. Do not apply the tape too tightly, particularly around the back of the Achilles tendon. This may cause unnecessary pain

Shin Splints

Shin splints is the common name often given to pain at the front of the lower leg. Usually symptoms occur at the front inside of the shin bone but can arise from a number of causes.

Shin Splints Exercises

Stretching is an important part of treatment in particular stretching the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg.

Shin Splints Treatment

Shin splints type symptoms can be difficult to treat, particularly if the injury is long term. The sooner it is treated the better.

Shin Splints Massage

Sports massage can help with the treatment of shin splints by improving muscle flexibility although it is important to avoid inflamed painful areas along the bone.

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