Strapping & Taping
Sports taping techniques are often used in sports to support weak or injured joints. We have a number of strapping and taping tutorial videos to help with treating common injuries such as shin splints, ankle sprains, knee joint injuries, shoulder and elbow problems.
Groin - Groin strapping
Low back - Kinesiology taping for low back pain
Shoulder - AC joint sprain
Elbow - Elbow hyperextension
An introduction to strapping and taping
Strapping and tapping is used a lot in sport, athletes like to use it especially on their ankles, keens and shoulder if they want to give a bit of extra support. It is used on a daily basis by professional athletes and amateur athletes. We would used taping to support joints, ligaments and muscles. Sometimes we might use it to offload them or to encourage the muscles or tendons to work so there are very different reasons to use taping but generally it is to support a structure that has been injured.
Principles of taping
The principles of taping apply to anything that you are trying to do especially when you are taping a ligament. If you are trying to protect it you have got to know what it does, what movement it restricts and then tape to support that. Use anchors either side of where the ligament attaches, the anchors shouldn't have any tension on them at all, then you put the strips over the ligament to make sure that they support whatever you're trying to do. You can apply this principle to anywhere in the body as long as you know when the ligament is and what ligament you are trying to support and give assistance to.