Types of Taping
1) Ligament / Joint Support
2) Muscle Support
3) Biomechanical Correction
4) Proprio and Performance Enhancement
Ligament / Joint Support
- A brand new minor injury that needs some support to finish a practice or game
- An injury that is expected to heal quickly enough that a brace is not indicated, or during the time when the brace is being ordered and fit
- An injury that needs specific support and I can't find the correct brace, or limitations in equipment (under a hockey glove) or sport (rugby doesn't allow metal) that don't let me fit a brace.
- Trying out support before choosing a brace
On RARE occasions I will suggest the use of taping to prevent injury, however, this is a fine line to walk. Regular taping can result in the body depending on the tape to keep safe, and actually increase the risk of injury when tape is not worn, even outside of sport!
Rue of thumb? If tape is required to feel safe during sport, a brace and thorough exercise program is ALMOST ALWAYS also required. The cost of taping a joint throughout a season is probably more then the cost of the correct brace anyway!
Proprio and Performance Enhancement
There are a few things that kinesiology tape does not do and I will discourage people from using tape for these goals:
- it WILL NOT decrease range of motion in a joint, or support an injured ligament or joint capsule!
- it WILL NOT prevent a previously dislocated joint from re-dislocating (i.e. shoulder or knee cap)!
- it WILL NOT make your muscles stronger, you still need to do your exercises to ensure safety!
Take home message:
If you're not sure if you have the right system in place, give me a call, and we'll figure out a plan specific to your injury, sport, and level of activity! If you're not in the Guelph area, I'd be happy to refer you to a trusted practitioner in your area.