Kinesiology Taping For Hamstrings

Kinesiology taping can be applied in a number of ways and is used to activate muscles, deactivating muscles as well as draining lymph/tissue fluids away from the site of injury.

Advert

Here we explain when and how kinesiotaping is used as part of hamstring strain rehabilitation.

During the later stages of rehabilitation kinesiotaping for the hamstring muscles is used to encourage or increase the activation of the muscle fibres.

How to apply kinesiotaping for hamstrings

The following is for information purposes. We always recommend seeking professional advice before attempting and self treatment.

Prepare the tape

Cut three strips of tape so there are no sharp corners at the ends. This helps prevent it coming away from the skin once applied.

Fold each strip of tape over at around 1/4 to 1/3 down and tear the protective backing along the line of the fold.

Detach the smaller top part of the protective backing exposing the sticky tape.

Apply the tape

Ensure the muscle is in a stretched position. It is important to know where the hamstring muscles originate and insert so you can apply tape fully along the length of the muscle.

Starting at the top (origin) or the muscle, apply the sticky part of the tape at the origin or the muscle without any tension or stretch applied to the tape.

Then by gradually removing the rest of the tape backing, apply tape along the full length of the muscle to the point where it inserts below the knee.

Appy approximately 50% stretch to the bottom 3/4 of the kinesiology tape when applying it.

Next activate the glue in the tape by rubbing along the length of the tape. This creates heat which activates the glue making it stick more effectively.

Repeat the process with the other two strips of kinesiology tape along the other two hamstring muscles.

The hamstring muscles

Here is a quick reminder of the location of the hamsting muscles.

Hamstring muscles

Related articles

  • Pulled Hamstring strain

    A hamstring strain or 'pulled hamstring' is a tear to one of the hamstring muscles at the back of the thigh. Here we explain the…

  • Hamstring strain assessment

    Hamstring strains are strains graded 1, 2, or 3 depending on how bad they are. Your doctor or physio will perform some specific tests to…

  • Hamstring strain exercises

    Hamstring strain exercises are important for recovering from hamstring injuries. Here we demonstrate and explain hamstring stretches, isometric strengthening, dynamic strengthening and functional or sports…

  • Hamstring massage

    Sports massage or soft tissue massage is important for recovering from pulled hamstrings as well as preventing injury. Here we explain how sports massage is…

  • Tight hamstring muscles

    Tight hamstring muscles may make you more prone to muscle strains, or contribute to other problems such as back pain and poor posture. Here we…

  • Ankle strapping and taping

    Ankle taping techniques are often used to treat a sprained ankle, as well as give additional support during rehabilitation exercises. Here we demonstrate a 4…

  • Sports Taping Techniques

    Sports taping techniques are used to support weak or injured joints. We have a number of sports strapping and taping tutorial videos to help with…

Scroll to Top