MCL Sprain Taping

Taping your knee joint can provide a high level of support and protection following a medial knee ligament sprain. Our step by step guide explains how to tape your knee for maximum protection.

How to tape for medial knee ligament sprains

Here we demonstrate a general knee joint taping which is suitable for all knee ligament injuries. However, it should be adapted by applying additional support strips on the sides to protect the medial ligament.

Aim of MCL taping

  • The aim of taping is to protect your medial ligament on the inside of your knee.
  • The priority with an MCL sprain is to prevent sideways movement.

When should I use tape?

  • MCL taping can be done in the early stages as well as later on when returning to full training.
  • A good taping technique can provide excellent support and often more support than some of the cheaper hinged knee braces.
  • However, the effectiveness of tape will reduce over time as the tape stretches slightly.
  • It will need to be re-applied regularly to maintain good support for the joint, particularly during competitive sport.

MCL support taping

  • For Medial knee ligament injury taping you should add additional support strips at the sides of the knee to prevent lateral (sideways) movement of your knee joint.
  • All taping techniques follow the same basic principles.

Step 1 – anchors

  • Place anchor strips around the lower leg and knee.
  • Use elastic tape for anchors so it allows room to stretch as your muscles expand when exercises.

Step 2 – Support strips

  • Apply support strips between the anchor strips.
  • For MCL sprains make sure you add additional support strips to both sides of your knee to prevent hyperextension.

Step 4 – Finishing strips

  • Apply finishing strips in the same way you did the anchor strips.
  • These hold the support strips firmly in place.
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