What is Sports Taping?

Taping is usually used for sports persons as an adjunct or temporary technique.

Sports/ Kinesio Taping

Most athletes,in the presence of an existing injury, often use taping as a protective mechanism. Taping restricts the movement of injured joints and soft tissue compression to reduce swelling. It is used to support anatomical structures, and also as protection from re-injury. Taping is also used as the means of rehabilitation or prophylaxis where support and stability are needed, as a first-aid tool, for the prevention of injury and protection of an injured anatomical structure while healing is taking place.

Physiotherapists use the tape to:

  • ease pain
  • improve joint stability
  • boost athlete confidence
  • limit injury reoccurrence
  • prevent injury
  • reduce strain on injured or sensitive tissues
  • rectify improper biomechanics
  • compress in the presence of edoema or lymphatic drainage
  • impede muscle movement
  • assist muscle motion
  • enhance proprioception


Some of these goals could be achieved by using a combination of the following tape effects:

  • consequences of mechanical nature
  • psychological effects
  • neuromuscular effects


There are several types of tape that can be used:

  • Stiff strapping tape, often known as "sports tape" or "athletic tape," is a rigid type of strapping tape that is commonly used in taping or strapping.
  • When less rigidity or support is necessary, elastic strapping tape can be utilised.
  • Kinesiology tape is an upgraded kind of elastic sports tape that helps your muscles function more dynamically.

Taping's Purposes

Tape can be used to:

  1. Stabilize and support an injury
  2. De-load fragile or uncomfortable structures to relieve pain.
  3. Make typical movement, muscle activation, or postural patterns easier to achieve.



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