AFL Grand Final - why so much tape?
Authored by Laura Cruz.
Here are some proposed benefits of using tape in sport:
- Increases joint proprioception (the joints sense of position in relation to the space it’s in)
- May reduce the severity of an injury (but not necessarily reduce the risk of the injury itself!)
- Potentially increases the confidence of the player (as they may feel the joint is “supported”)
- May increase the stability of the joint if the structures around it are lax (due to the previous injury)
So should you be doing it too?
Remember that taping is just an adjunct to treatment. It is rarely ever used on its own in the event of an injury and will usually need to be done alongside other treatment modalities, for example strengthening exercises. So if you are injured do not forget to seek medical advice to check what else you need to be doing to speed your recovery.
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