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Athletic Tape: A Staple Of Athletics
Author Name: ruthrobinson
Date added: June 07, 2011 10:56:48 PM
Category: Blogs: Sports

Athletic tape has been referred to by some as “the unsung hero of athletics”. Though this is a grand statement, it is by no means exaggeration. A truly versatile product, for years tape has served countless athletes, both amateur and professional, in a great variety of different functions. The most common usage on the field is for added support. By wrapping up and injured area, individuals are able to better stabilize muscle groups allowing the wearer to play through an injury that might otherwise bench them. The other primary usage it has taken on is the securing outerwear such as pads and uniforms. Injury Prevention In it’s first role of injury prevention athletic tape is applied to areas that are at high risk of injury. Typically, these would be locations that are in recovery from a previous ailment. The benefit tape provides to these body parts are two fold. First, it stabilizes the muscle group, reducing the amount of unnecessary movement. Second it adds greater support reducing the amount of repetitive stress exerted on the area. Though tape can play an important part in preventing injury, there are a variety of maladies that it can also potentially cause. These can include chaffing, blisters and bacterial infections. To prevent these issues as well as provide adequate support to the region it is important to know how to properly apply the product. First, and foremost a pre-wrap is highly recommended. This combats two potential risks. One, it prevents chaffing and skin irritation caused when the adhesive tape (pre-wrap has no adhesive) is removed and replaced repeatedly. Two, because the tape is made from a highly absorbent cotton it is a breading ground for fungi and bacteria. Having a pre-wrap that can be frequently replaced reduces the frequency of this occurrence. The second suggestion when it comes to proper application involves teaching what not to do. Often times athletes will apply tape in one long strand as they would if they were wrapping a sprain. This is incorrect. Instead users should use smaller segments carefully positioned to fit the contour of their bodies. They should also take care to apply the product smoothly in order to prevent blistering. Another caution is to avoid placing the tape too tightly. Allowing the area to breathe will allow better circulation, a critical component to muscle recovery and performance. Securing Equipment As well as stabilizing muscle groups, athletic tape has also traditionally been used for securing pads and uniforms comfortably to players. Additionally, it has seen widespread use in certain sports, such as hockey, to help improve grip on equipment. In these applications athletic tape has taken on a decorative function. Thanks to this role, today the product is offered in a large variety of different colors allowing wearers to customize their appearance to match their team colors. Though the effect of tape has never been conclusively proven to enhance sports performance, athletes worldwide, amateur and professional, testify to its value. It is truly a staple of athletics. As such understanding proper usage is essential for athletes who are hoping to stay competitive. Athletic Tape, Sports Tape

Trainers everywhere use Athletic Tape to provide support to ligaments and joints. Learn more about the Athletic taping process now!

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