Taping and Bandaging
- Preventative taping
- Taping for isolation of injury
- Bandaging for immediate treatment of injury
- Provides a first layer safety during contact sports involving explosive movements.
- Focused on the joints since they are prone to injury due to high stress from vigorous activities.
- Limits unwanted movement.
- Example: preventive ankle tape
Taping for Isolation of Injury
- Done to protect the injury from external harm, usually post-trauma or during the rehabilitation phase.
- Even after taping, once rehabilitation initiates, simple strengthening exercises should be encouraged to avoid stiffness.
Bandaging for Immediate Treatment of Injury
- Immediately applied after an injury using the RICER protocol.
- As bandaging provides compression, swelling and bleeding are reduced.
- Often elastic bandages are used for using non-injured sites as a support for parts that are injured.