Learning to use Strapping tapes isn’t rocket science, all it takes is a little practice and a checklist to follow.

Follow this 5-step process from WRU Physio Ben Warburton whenever you tape, and your applications will be perfect EVERY TIME.

Step 1 - Analyse the structure

1. WHAT NEEDS SUPPORTING OR PROTECTING

The first step towards taping greatness is to do a patient assessment. The level of assessment will vary greatly based on your setting, time and level of anatomical knowledge.

The most important thing is that you get an understanding of what area you need to tape and if there are any structures in the area that you need to avoid (heres looking at you 5th metatarsal!)

2. WHAT MOVEMENTS NEED PROMOTING OR RESTRICTING?

Once you’ve checked out the area, the next step is to decide what you’re actually trying to accomplish by taping.

Do you want to restrict movement completely or allow a little bit of flexibility? If a lateral movement is painful, tape the joint to prevent that lateral movement.

How to use Strapping Tapes - clinical reasoning Shoulder Strapping

Do you actually need tape? Wrist Strapping image

3. DO YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO USE TAPE?

It may sound like a strange thing for a tape company to say, but you should always question if tape is the best mechanism.

Would a different modality be more effective? Are you creating reliance on tape that could be detrimental in the long term? 

4. WHAT’S THE BEST TAPE TO USE?

Like picking a winner at the Grand National, picking the right tape can be tricky business. Do you need a rigid tape to immobilise movement, or a compression bandage for flexibility?

Fortunately we’ve put together a detailed BLOG that helps you wade through the choices.

How to use Strapping Tapes - decide on the best sports tape

Be Flexible

5. BE FLEXIBLE

No application should be treated as a paint-by-numbers. You’ll have to adapt your applications to various players and clients depending on anatomy and personal preference.

So don’t be afraid to go off-piste, who knows what you might discover.

5 steps to taping greatness. Run through the checklist next time you’re Strapping and let us know if you discover anything new.

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