FREE MCL STRAPPING EBOOK

Learn how to strap the MCL/Knee with our FREE Ebook!

We’ve scoured the country to find the best therapists who apply tape on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. We put them through the ringer to answer one question – what do THEY think are the best applications for their sport.

From this, we returned with honest, practical, useful taping advice from the best in the business.

The first in our series is rugby taping expert / perfectionist and WRU 7’s Physiotherapist; Ben Warburton. You can read the summarised application below or download our detailed FREE 4 PAGE MCL TAPING EBOOK using the link below. 

MCL/KNEE TAPING APPLICATION

In this blog, Ben takes us through a tried & tested MCL Strapping application for athletes suffering with knee pain. Primarily used and developed with rugby players, it can be used for Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) & Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries or combined for full-knee support.

Ben suggests using “brown sticky tape” & “chicken skin” (aka ZINC OXIDE TAN & TEAR EAB), however you could substitute them for other tapes as you see necessary.

It’s an 8-STEP, effective & versatile application but please don’t read it as being prescriptive, always use your own clinical reasoning to get the best results for your athlete.

FOUNDATION

Start your MCL Strapping application by creating your anchors using 10CM FIXATION TAPE equal distance above and below the knee (approx. 5-10cm). Place a further strip of FIXATION TAPE vertically, covering the MCL.

Finally apply the 3.8CM ZINC OXIDE TAN onto the lower and upper FIXATION TAPE, leaving 1-2CM at each end.

SUPPORT

MEDIAL
Using ZINC OXIDE TAN 3.8CM for extra support, apply a strip directly over the MCL midpoint.

X FAN
Lay further strips down, fanning the MCL in an X pattern.

Continue to lay a further 6-8 strips of ZINC OXIDE TAN in an X pattern to provide support as required. A wider 5CM ZINC OXIDE TAN may be required for larger athletes.

SECURE
Once the fan is finished cover the ends at the top and bottom.

PROTECT

FIGURE OF 8

Overlap the ZINC OXIDE TAN using 7.5CM TEAR EAB. Start by aiming the EAB diagonally down across the line of the MCL towards the medial side. Wrap the EAB around the back of the calf twice, covering the FIXATION TAPE and then bring it back over the line of the MCL in a figure of 8 shape.

LAYER UP

Repeat the figure of 8’s 2-3 times. Once finished, wrap the anchors around the quad, fully covering the ZINC OXIDE TAN and FIXATION TAPE. This provides additional support to the area and ensures the application is protected from the elements.

Secure the ends of the EAB with ZINC OXIDE TAN TAPE OR PVC SOCKTAPE.

We’ve taped thousands of knees but we’ve never stopped learning. There is always room for improvement.. 

So… give the app a try, have a play around with it and let us know what you think? We’re here to share ideas not prescribe them. We’d love to feature your apps and help other therapists learn from your experiences as well as ours.

P.S For the full application in greater detail (Tips, photos & advice) download our FREE EBOOK below.

FREE K TAPE RUNNING EBOOK

Running is in our blood (we’ve got a GB international in our ranks) and K TAPE is our business.

K TAPE isn’t a miracle cure BUT in CAPABLE hands and as part of a rehab program, it may assist recovery.

These applications were created by our Academy Director, Rob Madden. His experience as a Physiotherapist and Performance Coach for Hintsa Performance spans decades, from Formula One to Private Practice.

You can read the summary of what to expect below or DOWNLOAD the detailed 11 PAGE K TAPE RUNNING EBOOK for FREE using the link below.

NON NONSENSE K TAPE RUNNING GUIDE

This no nonsense K TAPE FOR RUNNERS EBOOK is a simple GUIDE, not a PRESCRIPTION. Everyone and everybody is different so adapt as you see fit.

Whether you’re a therapist or a runner, this EBOOK will help you apply K TAPE for the following applications:

  • RUNNER’S KNEE
  • CALF STRAINS
  • SHIN SPLINTS

First things first, ALWAYS get diagnosed by a medical professional before using K TAPE. Once you’ve got the all clear, it’s all about PREPARATION.

PREPARATION

Regardless if you’re using our K TAPE or not, try and AVOID these blunders for the best results:


1. MOISTURISER – K TAPE’s kryptonite; wash it off.
2. TOO HAIRY– have a shave!
3. HEAVY HANDS – avoid touching the glue.
4. TAPE ON TAPE – where possible stick K TAPE to skin.
5. LEAVE TIME – apply 30 mins prior to exercise.


Taping isn’t hard. It just takes common sense and practice. So before you tape up, iron out these mishaps and you’ll be donning tape for 5+ days.

K Tape Running Guide - K Tape Knee Runner's Knee

RUNNER’S KNEE

This application is super simple, can be self-applied and may provide immediate pain relief.

Designed to stabilise and lift the patella, moving it away from the position that causes pain. It’s commonly used for runners suffering with anterior knee pain, patella tedinitis or Osgood–Schlatters – common in young athletes.

K Tape Running Guide - K Tape Calf

CALF STRAIN

Pounding the pavements can take its toll. This application is ideal for runners suffering with general calf tightness or minor strains.

Two taping techniques combine to provide feedback and light support. Using two long strips and a shorter one across the point of pain.

Runners, you will need to recruit a helping hand to apply the K TAPE whilst you stretch.

K Tape Running Guide - Shin Splints

SHIN SPLINTS

Shin splints are the bane of a runners life. This more advanced application involves cutting the tape length-ways to create two smaller tails and applying a slight lift over the point of pain.

However, if this proves too tricky you can always use two single strips.

We’ve taped thousands of knees, calfs and shins but we’ve NEVER stopped learning. There is always room for improvement.. 

So… give the app a try, have a play around with it and let us know what you think? We’re here to share ideas not prescribe them. We’d love to feature your apps and help other athletes learn from your experiences as well as ours.

P.S For the full application in greater detail (Tips, photos & advice) download our FREE EBOOK below.

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