Taping is familiar to everyone who plays sports… Everyone knows about it but does everyone knows about the benefits and why do physiotherapists use it to prepare athletes for activities?
What is taping?
Taping is a treatment method to provide support for athletes during sport. It is usually used on a pre-existing injury to provide proprioception, restrictive support of a certain joint and ultimately reduce pain during activities. It can also be used as a first-aid tool to provide compression and to reduce swelling.
Types of taping:
Rigid taping: It is mostly used on joint type related sprains or injuries to stabilise or restrict movements of the injured joint.
Kinesiology taping (K-Tape): It can reduce pain by deloading the injured tissue or structure. It allows proprioceptive facilitation, enhances muscle performance by reducing DOMs and improves tissue healing.
Corrective taping: It is used to facilitate corrective movement patterns when a certain joint is maltracking and causing pain. A common example is Mcconnel taping for patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). This taping method encourages the patellar to go back on track which reduces pain.
What role does a physiotherapist play in taping?
Assess and treat: Physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment on the patient in order to pick the best type of taping method if needed.
Techniques of applying tape: Physiotherapists are professionals who are trained to tape. Physiotherapists will ensure that the joint or tissue is nice and secured and the tape serves its best purpose when you leave the practice or right before the game starts.
Complication of taping: Taping could lead to irritation of the skin. It is important for the physiotherapist to assess the skin to see if there it is suitable to apply tape.
Take home message:
Taping is a powerful tool in the sporting world. It mainly serves as a supportive tool for an injured tissue or joint. The most commonly taped joints are shoulders, ankles and knees. It is important to get a professional to tape it correctly to optimise the effect of taping.
This information can be used to gain a better understanding of taping. To find out more about how we can help, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.