HOW DO GOALKEEPERS TAPE THIER FINGERS?

Using goalkeeper finger tape could be the difference between making a game-winning save, or leaving the field with a broken finger.

Professional goalkeepers tape their fingers to add stability, making them stronger when making fingertip saves. Finger taping also reduces the chances of the goalkeeper sustaining an injury due to the impact of a football direct against the finger. 

Read on to discover the best tape to use and how you can tape your fingers like a professional goalkeeper.

There are ways of taping your fingers as a goalkeeper. 

  • Cohesive Taping
  • Cross Taping

Let’s look at each in detail…

Goalkeeper Finger Tape - Bandage Taping with Cohesive Wrap

GOALKEEPER COHESIVE WRAPPING

The most popular finger taping application for goalkeepers uses COHESIVE BANDAGE. It’s the same tape that you may use on your socks, so it’s a great chance to double-up on your roll.

This application provides stability to the joints in your fingers, allowing flexion but reducing extension. Meaning less chance of your fingers getting bent backwards.

Rip a small strip of Cohesive Bandage (about the length of your finger) and wrap it 1-2 times around the finger that you want to tape, directly over the central joint.

Be careful not to apply the tape too tightly and cut off circulation through your fingers. You can test this by pinching your fingertip and checking that colour returns within a second.

Repeat on as many fingers as needed.

Goalkeeper finger tape Cross Taping with Zinc Oxide Tape

GOALKEEPER CROSS TAPING

You will need a roll of ZINC OXIDE TAPE for this application. It is used a lot in martial arts and combat sports (such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and MMA) and also in climbing.

It helps to prevent excessive force being applied to the joints in the fingers when gripping and grappling. This increases your grip strength by moving the strength emphasis away from your fingers to your wrist and hands.

Rip a long strip of 1.25CM or 2.5CM ZINC OXIDE TAPE and wrap 1-2 times around the finger that you want to tape beneath the knuckle.

Bring the tape up at an angle over the front knuckle joint line creating one half of an X. Wrap the tape 1-2 times around the upper knuckle, making sure not to tape over the real joint line as you still need to be able to bend the finger.

Come back down to where you started, again crossing the joint line to make a full X. Wrap 1-2 more times around lower finger to lock off.

You should be able to still bend the finger but it should feel supported and the last couple of degrees locked off by the thickness of the tape. This will force you into using more forearm strength when gripping rather than purely the finger.

Repeat on as many fingers as needed.

This application is incredibly important in martial arts if you are grappling on the mat. It will prevent your fingers from being forced into rotation when trapped against the floor. This will prevent injury and also allow you to roll your opponent more easily.

That’s it. Now you’re ready to get out there and play. Get your goalkeeper finger tape below…

TOP 5 USES OF COHESIVE BANDAGE

COHESIVE BANDAGE is the only re-useable tape in the SPORTTAPE range. It contains no glue so won’t stick to your skin or hair. It only sticks to itself.

They are perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or those times when you can’t justify a single-use tape. 

Here are the 5 most common uses for Cohesive Bandage, a few might surprise you…

Uses of Cohesive Bandage - Self Adhesive Compression Bandage

1. COMPRESSION

There’s no substitute for COHESIVE WRAP when it comes to compression, especially in an ‘off-field’ scenario where you want to limit bleeding or reduce swelling. 

The most effective method of compression is INTERMITTANT, so you need to be able to remove, and re-apply the tape in intervals. Only COHESIVE BANDAGE allows you to do this affordably.

Uses of Cohesive Bandage - Sock Wrap to secure socks and shin guards

2. SECURE SOCKS & SHIN GUARDS

The most common uses of Cohesive Bandage in football. You can use COHESIVE WRAP in football to secure shin pads and hold your socks in place. 

Many players now choose to cut the feet off their team socks in order to wear their own ankle socks. You can use COHESIVE WRAP to bridge the gap between the top of the ‘grip’ sock and the bottom of your cut-off team sock, creating the illusion of a single sock. This also helps to keep the bottom of the shin pad in place.

Uses of Cohesive Bandage - Finger Tape

FINGER TAPE

COHESIVE BANDAGE is a favourite amongst football goalkeepers because of it’s compressive strength. You can use COHESIVE BANDAGE to help stabilise and protect your fingers and wrists.

Wrapping COHESIVE BANDAGE around your fingers provides stability to the joints. This allows flexion but reduces extension, meaning less chance of your fingers getting bent backwards when making a save.

Uses of Cohesive Bandage - Wrist Tape

WRIST TAPE

Another popular application for football and hockey goalkeepers. You can use wrist taping to provide support and stability to the wrists. This can increase grip strength and reduce the chance of wrist injury by restricting the range of motion around the wrist joint.

By taping directly over the wrist joint line, you are restricting the range that you can flex or extend your wrist. This makes your wrist stronger, and less susceptible to impact injuries.

Uses of Cohesive Bandage - Vet Tape

VET TAPE

Incredibly common in the vet world, you can use COHESIVE BANDAGE to protect injured areas from moisture and dirt, and also to stop your pet from licking the area whilst it heals.

Most vets will place a pad over the wound that won’t stick to your pets hair, and then wrap the pad with COHESIVE BANDAGE. 

Have you found another favourite use for Cohesive Bandage? Let us know…

WHAT TAPE DO FOOTBALL PLAYERS USE?

At the professional level, nearly every player on the field will be wearing some form of football tape during the game. But what tapes are the pros using? And why?

This is the ultimate guide to Taping in Football. Read on socceroo.

The 4 most common tapes in Football are:

  1. SOCK TAPE
  2. SOCK WRAP/COHESIVE
  3. ZINC OXIDE TAPE
  4. KINESIOLOGY TAPE

What tape you wear will depend on exactly what you’re trying to achieve through taping. Let’s look at each in turn…

Sock Tape Football Tape - hold up socks

SOCK TAPE

Anyone that’s played a game of football knows that your socks aren’t staying up for a whole game without some help. Capitalise on the self-adhesive nature of SPORTTAPE SOCK TAPE to hold up your team socks. 

Our SOCKTAPE is made from a PVC specially chosen for use in sport. It stretches to 175%, allowing space for muscle expansion beneath the tape when playing. This prevents over-compression that can reduce blood flow known as ‘torniquet’.

Simply wrap the sock tape around your upper calf a few times, and then fold then top of the sock back over.

Sock Wrap Football Tape - merge cut off socks

COHESIVE SOCK WRAP

Many players now choose to cut the feet off their team socks in order to wear their own ankle socks. These ‘grip’ socks have small dots along the bottom of the sock that give better traction within the boot. This stops the foot from moving within the boot, improving the feel on the ball and increasing stability when making quick changes of direction.

You can use SOCK WRAP to bridge the gap between the top of the ‘grip’ sock and the bottom of your cut-off team sock, creating the illusion of a single sock. This also helps to keep the bottom of the shin pad in place.

SOCK WRAP is a more effective choice as it is wider and has no glue, meaning it can be re-used game-after-game and is kinder on any area of exposed skin.

Strap the ankle using Zinc Oxide Strapping

ZINC OXIDE FOOTBALL TAPE

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 it’s tensile strength, the most common use of ZINC OXIDE TAPE is 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 sock or jersey.

Soccer player wears Kinesiology Tape

KINESIOLOGY FOOTBALL TAPE

Use KINESIOLOGY TAPES to aid movement. When applied, they stretch and move with the body. This provides dynamic support and enabling better proprioceptive feedback. You’ll often see these tapes in bright colours stuck to the leg of your favourite player.

Because they are used for neural feedback, they are the number one choice for muscle injuries.

That’s it! Now you now exactly what tape to pick for every situation out there on the pitch.

Have more questions – we’re here to answer them.

Current football regulations state that any tape should be the same colour as the socks. SPORTTAPE SOCK TAPE and SOCK WRAP is available in 8 colours to match your team kit.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST TAPE

Stop wasting money on unnecessary tapes and using EAB when you should be using ZINC OXIDE.

This guide will show you how to choose the MOST EFFECTIVE tape EVERY TIME.

BEFORE you apply tape you need to decide on your fundamental reason for taping. Ask, “am i trying to”…

IMMOBILISE, PROTECT, FACILITATE or COMPRESS the area?⁠

As a GENERAL RULE:

  • IMMOBILISE = ZINC OXIDE TAPE⁠
  • PROTECT/SECURE = EAB & TEAR EAB⁠
  • FACILITATE = K TAPE⁠
  • COMPRESS = COHESIVE BANDAGE⁠

But that’s not the whole story. Once you know your outcome, you can pick the BEST tape to use based on the amount of SUPPORT that the joint needs, and STRETCH that the tape possesses. Let’s look at each scenario…

PROTECT

If you’re looking to protect/secure another application or equipment then you’ll want to pick a tape with low support and high stretch properties. You’ll need that additional stretch to allow for muscle expansion beneath the tape, and the flexibility to hold equipment in place.

EAB TAPES provide a moderate to high level of stretch, making them perfect for when you need to maintain some freedom of movement. They can also be easily manipulated around joints without creasing for comfortable applications, making them ideal to wrap around and protect ZINCX OXIDE applications.

You may also decide to use a FIXATION TAPE if you’re securing anything to the skin that doesn’t already have an adhesive backing since it can be cut to shape. It’s also wider, lighter and more breathable than ZINC OXIDE TAPES.

FACILITATE

If you’re looking to facilitate movement, or provide proprioceptive feedback to an area then you’ll want to choose a tape with a high stretch property. 

KINESIOLOGY TAPE is the best option when dealing with muscle groups. It has a very high level of stretch, meaning it won’t restrict movement, and it’s extra strong glue means it will last longer on the skin that any other type of tape. 

COMPRESS

You need to choose a tape that has a high stretch profile and will allow for muscle expansion beneath the tape, but is also strong enough not to rip as you’ll want to apply the tape with a good amount of tension. 

The best option will depend on a variety of factors. The most important is making sure that the tape is fit for purpose.

If you need to compress something during activity, then you’ll need an ADHESIVE tape such as TEAR EAB. However, if you’re simply compressing an injury during rest, then COHESIVE BANDAGE may be the best option as it’s the cheapest and re-usable. 

Have any questions about choosing the best tape? Drop us a line.

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WHAT TAPE DO FOOTBALLERS USE ON THEIR SOCKS?

There are 2 main types of Football Sock Tape, each serves a different purpose.

  • SOCK TAPE – To hold socks and shin pads in place
  • SOCK WRAP/COHESIVE – To bridge the gap between their grip socks and cut-off team socks

Discover WHY, and HOW footballers all over the world use SPORTTAPE Sock Tapes to improve their performance and secure their kit game-after-game.

Football Sock Tape - PVC tape to hold up socks

SOCK TAPE

SPORTTAPE Football SOCK TAPE is designed to hold up socks, but can be used for everything from boot tape to securing EAB.

Our SOCKTAPE is made from a PVC specially chosen for use in sport. It stretches to 175%, allowing space for muscle expansion beneath the tape when playing. This prevents over-compression that can reduce blood flow known as ‘torniquet’.}

Simply wrap the sock tape around your upper calf a few times. Then fold then top of the sock back over.

COHESIVE SOCK WRAP

Many players now choose to cut the feet off their team socks in order to wear their own ankle socks. These ‘grip’ socks have small dots along the bottom of the sock that give better traction within the boot. This stops the foot from moving within the boot, improving the feel on the ball and increasing stability.

SOCK WRAP is used to bridge the gap between the top of the ‘grip’ sock and the bottom of your cut-off team sock. This creates the illusion of a single sock. This also helps to keep the bottom of the shin pad in place.

SOCK WRAP is a more effective choice as it is wider and has no glue. This means it can be re-used game-after-game and is kinder on any area of exposed skin.

Current football regulations state that any tape should be the same colour as the socks. SPORTTAPE SOCK TAPE is available in 6 colours to match your team kit.

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