Hamstring Kinesiology Taping
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Kinesiology taping can help in the treatment of hamstring strains by helping to activate the muscle during the later rehabilitation stages.
Kinesiology taping for hamstrings
Premiership Football Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds demonstrates in the video below a simple Kinesiology taping technique for the hamstring muscles. Kinesiology tape can be used for deactivating a muscle when it needs to rest, for lymph drainage to reduce swelling and help circulation or to activate a muscle and encourage it to work following injury.
Initial preparation is important and strips of kinesiology tape are cut so the ends are rounded. This prevents them rolling up at the end over time. The three strips of tape are then folded about one quarter of the way down and the backing cover torn.
The tape is applied to the hamstring muscles in a stretched position so the athlete is flexed at the hip. Kinesiology tape is applied at the origin of the muscle with no tension in it. This provides a base to provide tension from in the lower part of the tape as it is applied. It is important to know where the hamstring muscles are located so the tape can follow the full length of the muscle.
Once the strip of tape is applied the glue in the tape must be activated. This is done by rubbing along the length of the tape to heat it up.
Test yourself flash cards
First aid for any acute muscle strain including hamstring pulls is PRICE which stands for.....
The hamstrings consist of which three muscles?
- Biceps femoris
Which type of activity is more likely to result in a strain high at the back of the thigh?
A stretch related muscle strain.
Which type of activity causes a strain lower in the muscle?
How soon should strengthening exercises begin after a hamstring strain?
As soon as pain allows!
Which type of strengthening exercises should be done first for a recent hamstring strain?
Isometric or static exercises which involve squeezing the muscle but no movement.
What type of stretching is dynamic stretching?
Stretching which involves movement or gentle swinging of the leg to stretch the muscle at speed.
Is heat a useful form of treatment? If so, when?
Yes! After the acute stage heat and ice can be alternated or later on just heat.