When you’re ankle strapping you need to choose a tape with a HIGH TENSILE STRENGTH and NO STRETCH. There’s nothing more frustrating to a player than rolling their ankle when it should have been taped securely.
ZINC OXIDE TAPE is the best choice for ankle strapping. It is a non-stretch tape that provides unrivalled support. Choose the TAN/BROWN version for the highest tensile strength.
ZINC OXIDE tapes can also be ripped by hand. This will make your applications faster and get your player off the treatment bed in record time.
WHY USE ANKLE STRAPPING?
Taping the ankle is common in all sport that require a lot of lateral movement; such as netball, basketball, hockey and snowboarding.
Strapping the ankle with ZINC OXIDE TAPE prevents the ankle from rolling inwards. This also provides additional support to the foot when performing quick changes of direction.
WHAT OTHER TAPES CAN I USE?
You can use UNDERWRAP underneath the ZINC OXIDE tape if you are treating someone with particularly sensitive skin.
You can also underlay, or overlay it with TEAR EAB. This will protect the Zinc Oxide and provide additional support.
However, the core tape when strapping any ankle should be ZINC OXIDE tape.
WHAT ABOUT KINESIOLOGY TAPE FOR ANKLE STRAPPING?
KINESIOLOGY TAPE can be used to support the ankle. It’s perfect if you still need to maintain a level of flexibility through the ankle joint.
K Taping will aid proprioception if your athlete needs a neural response to correct their ankle positioning. It will not restrict movement.
HOW DO I TAPE THE ANKLE?
Follow THIS VIDEO to learn how to strap an ankle using Zinc Oxide tape.