Ankle sprains: the seeming right-of-passage for athletes in sports that involve jumping and quick lateral movements. Ankle pain is a huge deterrent of athletic performance and involves immediate intervention. Queue the kinesiology tape! This ankle sprain kinesiology taping technique uses the stretch guidelines of TheraBand Kinesiology Tape to apply a solid, effective brace to support an injured ankle.

Ankle sprain kinesiology taping technique

Drew Feedman, BCMT is the founder of Learn2tape.com. Today he’s sharing his method for treating a lateral ankle sprain with three separate pieces of tape:

*Keep foot flexion at 90 degrees throughout the entire tape job!

  1. For the first piece of tape, apply from under the foot, proximal to the lateral malleolus with 25% tension. This will stabilize calcaneofibular ligament and anterior talofibular ligament.Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.17.38 AM
  2. Tape strip two will be applied from the back of the foot, perpendicular from medial to lateral over top of the foot, with 25% tension.Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.18.03 AM
  3. Lastly, apply a piece of tape perpendicular to the Achilles from lateral to medial, crossing over piece two, with 25% tension.

See the kinesiology taping technique in action!

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In our #TapeTuesday series, we will be sharing methods for different types of tape application, as well as the accompanying research to support it. We’ll talk about therapeutic and preventive taping, such as TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and Cramer Athletic Tape to name a few. Click here to see our other posts in the #TapeTuesday series!

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