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Tape and Strapping is used A LOT in Rugby. In fact, at the professional level, nearly every player on the field will be wearing some form of rugby tape during the game. But what tapes are the pros using? And why?This is the ultimate guide to Rugby tape.
The 3 MOST POPULAR RUGBY TAPES are:
1. EAB (ELASTIC ADHESIVE BANDAGE)2. ZINC OXIDE TAPE3. KINESIOLOGY TAPE
What tape you wear will depend on the level of support you need, and your personal preference. Let’s look at each in turn…
Elastic Adhesive Bandage is the most versatile rugby tape in your kitbag. It can be used for everything from providing light support and compression, to protecting thumbs and wrists. Choose TEARABLE EAB for faster taping.EAB is stretchy, lightweight, and strong. That makes it perfect as an in-game compression bandage. It’s the tape you’ll see most often around the thighs of your favourite second row, keeping their lifting blocks secured.
ZINC OXIDE TAPE is the ONLY choice if you need to immobilise an area. It is a non-stretch tape that provides unrivalled support. Choose the TAN/BROWN version for the highest tensile strength. Because of its tensile strength, ZINC OXIDE tape is most often used to support joints such as the ankle, knee and shoulder. You won’t usually see it on show though – it’s usually hidden by a protective layer of TEAR EAB.
KINESIOLOGY TAPES are designed to facilitate movement. They stretch and move with the body, providing dynamic support and enabling better neural feedback. You’ll often see these tapes in bright or team colours.Because they are used for neural feedback, they are the number one choice for muscle injuries.
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