Sports Taping – Fingers

Recently, there was an article in The Sunday Times on ankle taping, “Injured Ankles Heal Slow”, 2 March 2008. For those of you interested in sports taping, this is a short write up on taping for the fingers. Here the focus is on basketball and netball players who need a certain amount of write flexibility.

Strapping Up For A Game: Finger Taping

Players in sports that involve catching of balls such as basketball are prone to sprained finger(s). Taping them helps prevent sprains by buddy-ing up the index and second finger together to provide better support.

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Figure 1:

1.Place the fingers together(1).
2.Place a 25mm rigid sports taping with the edge just below the first knuckles(2).
3.Pull the tape firm and wrap around them (3).

Figure 2:
1.Pinch the tape slightly(1). This allows the tape to overlap neatly over them.  

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Figure 3:

1.Wrap round them above the first knuckle(1). There’s no need to pinch the tape here as before.

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Figure 4:

1.What the taped fingers should look like.

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Figure 5:

1.Check to ensure that the player is able to bend them slightly. If it is too tight, re-tape with less tension.