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Strapping the groin (or groin taping) can aid healing by applying compression to the area immediately after injury.
This is part of the PRICE principles of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. A groin support or wrap will also do the job but most team physios are unlikely to have a groin support to hand but will have the rolls of tape required.
It can also protect and support the muscles during rehabilitation and help prevent further damage to the injured muscle. A 7cm or 10cm elastic or elastic cohesive bandage and 2.5cm non stretch zinc oxide tape is required to finish it off.
Groin strapping step 1
To strap the groin start on the inside of the thigh to be supported wrap once around the thigh applying tension across the front and upwards of the groin. Pass the bandage around the back of the waist and around to the front.
Then pass the bandage around the back of the thigh and around the groin once more applying tension to the front and upwards on the groin. Again, pass around the back and repeat this as required or until the bandage runs out.
Groin strapping step 2
Follow the same pattern with a roll of 2.5cm zinc oxide tape. Start on the inside of the groin, pass around the thigh applying tension as the tape comes around the groin and up the front of the thigh. Pass the tape around the back of the waist, across the front and then back around the thigh to the start.