How to Strap an Ankle

Strapping can be used effectively in both the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.

As an aid to prevention, the role of strapping is to decrease the frequency and severity of injury. Injury can be prevented, or the risk of injury can be reduced, by effective strapping tape.

Prevention is better than cure

In many professional sports, clubs have large financial investments in their playing staff and cannot afford to lose a player at any stage of the playing season. Therefore, clubs use strapping tape as a form of insurance against ankle injuries. This, in turn, helps to reduce loss of performance time by any player.

In amateur sport, athletes risk the same injuries, although there is generally little encouragement to take such preventative measures even though the amateur risks the consequence of time off work and paying medical bills. In these situations, the use of strapping tape, particularly for the high risk sports such as Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey etc, is potentially far more important to the individual where the cost of prevention could be far less than the cost of the treatment.

Ankle taping technique offering maximum support in helping to prevent Lateral Ligament Sprains

How to protect the ankle

Step 1 Step 1
Attach anchors (A) first and then stirrups (B). (Usually 3 stirrups are attached from the inside to outside in a U-shape iformation).
Step 2 Step 2
Bind the tape in two figure-6's around the foot, starting from the inside to the outside, returning to the inside after crossing the front of the foot (C). Figure-6's help counteract the inversion movement that can cause injury.
Step 3 Step 3
Apply a half-heel lock to provide further support to the rear ankle area. Begin on the inside of the lower leg (D) and move down and across the outside of the ankle towards the front of the heel. Pass the tape under the foot and cross the inside of the heel at a 45° angle (E). Pass the tape back to the outside of the ankle to finish on the inside of the lower leg where you started. (Another half-heel lock may be applied in the opposite direction, using the same technique).
Step 4 Step 4
Overwrap the tape with an Elastic Adhesive Bandage 50mm to provide mild compression and to further secure the taped area. Using the figure-8 iformation and a spiral, completely cover the rigid tape.
Strapping or Taping Techniques

Last updated 29-Oct-2014 01:06 PM

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