Taping for PCL Injuries

A simple taping technique for a posterior cruciate ligament 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) of the knee. It will provide support for a strained posterior cruciate ligament.

Equipment and Materials

  • 7.5 cm (3 inch) elastic tape.
  • Underwrap.
  • 3.8cm (1.5 inch) non stretch white zinc oxide tape.
  • Adhesive spray.
  • 6 inch crepe bandage

Taping Technique

Step 1

  • Position the athlete standing on a roll of tape to bend the knee slightly.
  • Apply spray adhesive and underwrap starting just above the calf and going up the leg finishing above the middle of the thigh.

Step 2

  • Using two or three 7.5 cm strips of elastic tape apply anchors to the mid / upper thigh of the athlete.
  • Tape should overlap by half the width of the tape.
  • Ensure the athlete contacts both the calf and thigh muscles while the anchors are applied so blood flow is not restricted later on.
  • Repeat the above applying two 7.5cm elastic anchors to the middle of the calf muscle.
  • Again ensure muscles are contracted when this is done.
  • The taping will have more support if these anchors can attach to the skin - the leg will need to be shaved for this.
  • Padding can be added to the back of the knee to prevent friction and provide comfort.

Step 3

  • Create a fan of strips of tape which will form a checkrein.
  • The length of the pieces of tape should be measured against the back of the knee.

Step 4

  • Position the checkrein at the back of the leg.
  • Secure the bottom first with 3 inch elastic tape.
  • Ensure the knee is bent at least 15 degrees.
  • Next secure the checkrein at the thigh with 4 x 3 inch elastic tape closures in the same way as the calf closures.
  • Do not end these on the inside of the thigh or they may come undone from rubbing against the other thigh.

Step 5

  • The taping can be finished by covering with 6 inch crepe type bandage.
  • Start at the bottom and wrap around the leg working upwards.

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