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Kin taping for common football injuries

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Injuries are an unfortunate part of any sport, but especially so in football.Kinesiology tape helps in addressing many common football injuries. This post will explore some of those injuries and how kinesiology tape can help. 

Whether you're a player with these injuries or you're just curious about what kinesiology taping can do for you, read on for some helpful information. 

Table of Contents

  • Rotator cuff strains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hamstring strains
  • Ankle sprain
  • Shin splints

Here are some of the kinesiology taping protocols that you can follow for common football injuries: 

Rotator cuff strains

rotator cuff tear happens when a group of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder joint becomes strained or even torn. If you have a rotator cuff tear, you may feel weakness and pain in your shoulder. 

Achilles tendonitis

    The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the back of the leg. Achilles tendonitis happens when the tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse or age-related degeneration. 

    1. Start by measuring and cutting your Y-strip that’s roughly two feet long. Next, create an I-strip. 
    2. Anchor your Y-strip to the bottom of the heel. Then,apply 25-50% tension to the tails of the Y-strip and apply it on either side of the gastroc. 
    3. Take your I-strip and apply 25% tension. Place it above the Achilles tendon. 
    4. Make sure to round your edges to avoid premature peeling. Rub in the tape for maximum adhesion. 

    Hamstring strains

      The hamstring muscles are found and run from the pelvis to behind the knee. A hamstring strain happens when the muscle becomes stretched or torn due to overuse. 

      1. Have your patient in a standing position with the heel pushed firmly into the ground. This is to create a stretch and lengthen the hamstring. 
      2. Measure and cut two short I-strip and a long I-strip. Round your edges. 
      3. Using the long strip, anchor the tape above the area of pain. Next, apply a bit of stretch before applying the rest of the kin tape. 
      4. Then, get the short I-strip, apply 100% tension, and place it diagonally across the area of pain. 
      5. Get the last strip and repeat step 4 in the opposite direction. It should form an X. 
      6. Rub in the tape to activate the adhesive. 

      Ankle sprain

        An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that hold your ankle bones together become stretched or torn. This injury can happen when you roll, turn, or twist your ankle in an awkward position. 

        1. Measure enough tape from Peroneus Brevis to the Peroneus Longus. Measure out the tape for when you’ll be creating aY-cut further on.
        2. Split the tape vertically to create your Y-cut. Round the tape ends.
        3. Make one of the Y-cut’s tail/ end shorter.
        4. Anchor your tape without any tension. Rub the tape to activate the adhesive. Next, give the middle of the tape 25% tension. For taping the Peroneus Brevis, take the shorter tail of the Y-strip and give it 25% tension when applying. Do not apply tension to the tape end.
        5. Then, take the long tail of the Y-strip to take for the Peroneus Longus. With 25% tension, bring it around the ankle. Again, make sure to apply no tension to the tape end.
        6. Rub the tape to activate the adhesive.

        Shin splints

          The pain caused by shin splints runs along the inner edge of the shin bone. One of the most common causes of shin splints is overuse from repetitive activities. When the shinbone is repeatedly irritated, it leads to micro-tearing of the muscles. 

          1. Measure and cut your tape spanning your shin area. 
          2. Anchor the tape below the pain point and apply 0% tension. 
          3. Next, give the rest of the tape 50% tension before applying it to the area of discomfort. 
          4. Then, cut two more short strips. Get one strip and apply it with 80% stretch just above the area of discomfort. Make sure to apply 0% tension on the ends. 
          5. Get the second short strip and apply it with 80% tension just below the first strip. 

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          Conclusion 

          That’s just a taste of the many football injuries that can be aided with kinesiology tape. If you want to learn more about how to apply the tape for these or other injuries, head over to our blog

          We have posts about all sorts of taping techniques and applications, so you can get back in the game as quickly as possible. 

          Thanks for reading, and we hope this information was helpful!

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