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The Benefits of Taping for Sports Injuries

Wednesday, January 08, 2014  – by Stop Sports Injuries

Kinesiotaping has been around for more than 25 years assisting the sports medicine practitioner in the areas of pain management, sports performance, physical therapy and athletic training.  This taping method was designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to the muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.  The tape was designed with a texture and elasticity, close to the tissue of the human body.  There are 3 main taping techniques recognized in North America.  These techniques are:
White Athletic Taping
This is the most common technique. The white tape is extremely rigid and usually requires pre-wrap prior to application.

It is used for both acute and preventative measures and if left on for an extended period of time, may cause skin irritation, due to moisture entrapment and muscular compression.  There is little to no rehabilitative benefit gained from this tape.
McConnell Taping
This technique is a bracing or supportative measure using a super-rigid, cotton mesh highly adhesive tape.  It is most commonly used in knee conditions, shoulder dislocations, and back, foot, and hip impingement syndromes.

It may be left on for an extended period of time without causing skin irritation (<18 hours).  This technique may affect the biomechanics of the patient.
Kinesio Taping
This technique is  therapeutic in nature, offering the patient or athlete both the support  and rehabilitative properties of the affected area. This technique uses a  specifically designed tape that will allow the body’s full range of  motion.  Because there is no compression to the skin and its light to  the touch, this tape can be worn over a three to five day period.  The  tape works with the body’s lymphatic system to increase both blood and  lymph circulation in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain to the  affected area.  This technique is used for virtually all clinical  conditions.
Be sure to speak with your athletic trainer or  sports medicine professional to determine the best taping technique for a  given issue/condition.

For more information visit www.sportsmed.org.

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