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Taping is commonly used as a supplementary or temporary technique. Athletes often make use of taping as a protective mechanism to stabilise or support an existing injury.

Elbow Taping

Some of the goals with taping are to restrict the movement of injured joints, provide soft tissue compression to reduce swelling, support anatomical structures and provide protection from re-injury.

Taping is used as one of the means of rehabilitation or as a preventative measure in instances where support and stability are needed, to facilitate normal movement, muscle action or postural patterns.

It is also used as a first-aid tool, for the prevention of injury and protection of an injured anatomical structure while healing is taking place and can relieve pain by unloading vulnerable or painful structures.

Through a combination of mechanical, neuromuscular and psychological effects, tape is used to:

  • relieve pain

  • improve joint stability

  • enhance athlete confidence

  • reduce injury recurrence

  • prevent injury

  • reduce strain on injured or vulnerable tissues

  • correct faulty biomechanics

  • inhibit or facilitate muscle action

  • enhance proprioception (the ability to sense movement, action and location)

  • compress in the presence of oedema (swelling caused by a build-up of fluid)

Knee Taping

There are different kinds of tape that can be employed:

  • Rigid strapping tape commonly used in taping or strapping is often referred to as "sports tape" or "athletic tape" and is most often a rigid style of strapping tape.

  • Elastic strapping tape can be used when less rigidity or support is required.

  • Kinesiology tape is an improved version of elastic sports tape that acts to dynamically assist muscle function.

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