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Taping Procedures

Protective Taping for the Prevention of Injury


Principles of Taping

  • Always perform a thorough clinical evaluation of the injury to determine impairment and function.
  • Have a good working knowledge of biomechanics and joint motion to determine if protective taping could be effective.
  • Athletic taping can prevent injury or facilitate an athlete’s return to play.
  • Taping should limit abnormal or excessive movement.
  • Taping may provide some proprioceptive feedback during activity.
  • Taping should be used in conjunction with the rehabilitation program whose goals are to restore ROM, strength and motor control.

Rules of Sport

  • Most governing sport associations govern the degree of restriction you can provide through taping.

Basic Principles of Taping

  • If the part to be taped is a joint, place in a position for maximum protection. Overlap the tape at least half the width of the tape from the previous strip.
  • Avoid continuous taping.
  • Smooth and mold the tape as it is laid on the skin.
  • Allow the tape to fit the natural contour of the skin.
  • Where maximum support is needed, tape directly on the skin.

Supplies Needed

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  • Razor
  • Soap
  • Alcohol
  • Adhesive Spray
  • J-wrap
  • Heel and lace pads
  • White non-elastic adhesive tape
    • ½ inch (1.25cm)
    • 1 inch (2.5 cm)
    • 1 ½ inch (3.8 cm)
    • 2 inch (5 cm)
  • Elastic Adhesive Tape
    • 1 inch (2.5 cm)
    • 2 inch (5.0 cm)
    • 3 inch (7.5 cm)
  • Tape scissor or cutters

Tearing Tape

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  • Place your fingers together at the site of the intended tear
  • Pull the tape apart
  • Clinical Tip!
    • If tape becomes crimped or folded, move to a different position on the tape