The main purpose of strapping any part of the body is to prevent injury, or to provide support for an existing injury. Taping a joint makes this possible as it restricts movement, while providing support for tendons, ligaments and muscles.



Types of injuries

Injuries are categorized by their cause. They fall into the categories of Direct, Indirect, or Over-Use. Direct Injuries occur because of contact with another player, with an object (like a hockey stick), or with the ground. Indirect Injuries occur suddenly, without contact. Pulling a hamstring while running 100 meters is an example of this. Overuse Injuries occur because of a continual impact on a tendon or bone. Shin splints often occur in long distance runners.




Strapping is appropriate for many types of common injuries. They can be of benefit to muscle strains or tears, bruising, ligament sprains or tears, broken bones, and dislocations and subluxations. Immediately remove the strapping after your sporting activity. The tape comes off more easily, and the joint or muscle should be given back its own control so it doesn’t become reliant on the strapping, and blood flow can return to normal. There are correct ways to strap each joint of the body. Seek advice from a sports professional or trainer to learn the correct technique. Incorrect strapping can actually harm the joint, be very uncomfortable, and limit your ability to perform. It is important to consult with your physiotherapist, who can work with you to ensure your injury heals in the shortest possible time, while keeping you performing to the best of your ability.




Why is the tape different to other tapes?

The tape itself is an elastic woven tape that comes in a variety of widths, colours and types, and is cut into different shapes. It may look like conventional athletic tape but it is fundamentally different in that it has a specific elasticity that plays a role in its effectiveness. There are different ways of applying the tape, depending on the aim of the strapping.

It is thin, like skin and is applied by professionals trained specifically for the different applications. It is placed on top of the skin strategically, and is effective for 3 to 5 days before it needs to be replaced. You can shower or swim with it. It doesn’t contain latex, which is great for those with latex allergies. It also does not contain any medication, instead its effectiveness is due to the design of the tape itself.