Elbow Taping

Simple taping technique for elbow hyperextension injury.

The following guidelines are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before beginning rehabilitation.

The aim of this taping is to prevent hyperextension (over straightening or bending the wrong way) of the elbow. It will provide support for strained elbow ligaments.

What is required?

  • Under wrap
  • Spray adhesive (optional)
  • 1.5 inch non stretch zinc oxide tape.
  • 2 inch elastic tape (elastic adhesive bandage or E.A.B.)

Step 1

  • Shave the upper and lower arm.
  • Position the elbow in a slightly bent position.

Step 2

  • Apply two anchors around the middle of the forearm and two around the middle of the bicep using 2 inch elastic adhesive tape.
  • Ensure the athlete contacts the forearm muscles by making a fist and tenses the bicep muscles when applying the tape. This will allow for expansion when the muscles are worked and increase blood flow.

Step 3

  • Form a checkrein or crossed fan with between four and six pieces of 1.5 inch non stretch zinc oxide tape. Measure the length of each piece so it will join the upper and lower anchor with the arm in a slightly bent (pain free) position.

Step 4

  • Secure the checkrein between the two anchors and 'close' or cover the ends with another strip of elastic adhesive bandage.