In this weeks article of SportStraps “How to Strap” series, I’d like to focus on preventing shoulder injuries, by taking a close at look at how to strap a shoulder.
One of the most common shoulder injuries is the acromioclavicular joint injury, or AC Joint injury, where the inside ligaments of the shoulder can be strained, stretched or damaged.
The shoulder, can take a lot of impacts, strains and dislocations from ‘over extension’ and collisions during contact sports.
The shoulder can also be subjected a lot of wear and tear after years of playing sports that involve lots of arm extension activity, which can stretch or weaken the shoulder joint and the surrounding ligaments.
Learn to Strap a Shoulder from an Expert
I would like to share with you a video that shows a great technique for strapping the shoulder using Sports Tape, courtesy of highly experienced Sports Trainer, Cam Wray. As I have mentioned previously, Cam has been a trainer with many first class rugby teams such as England, South Africa, Australian Universities, the Australian Barbarians, Canada 7’s, Argentina 7’s and the Qld Reds rugby teams. I hope you like it!
As you can see from the video, Cam’s method is both simple and gives great support to the AC Joint.
In this technique the arm is slightly bent, with the hand resting on the hip and tape is applied as follows:
- Anchors are applied both over the shoulder and around the bicep,
- Apply 2-3 basket-weave strips both direction, criss-crossing the point of the shoulder to give the shoulder ligament support and protection.
- Apply 2-3 corkscrew strips starting from the nipple area, up and over the point of the shoulder and wrapping around the arm.
- Finish off with Elastic Adhesive Bandage over and around the arm & shoulder, and around the upper torso.
As well as using the correct shoulder taping technique, its also important to use quality supplies, so lets have a look at what is needed to complete the job.
What items do you need to Strap a Shoulder?
To strap a shoulder properly, you are going to need the following items:
Preparation to Tape a Shoulder
For optimum results when taping the shoulder, it is recommended to prepare the shoulder by doing the following:
- Shave off any hair around the area on the shoulder being taped (Hairy guys only).
- Apply Pre-Tape Spray to improve Tape Adhesion.
- Cover the nipple with an adhesive foam ring for protection.
Correct Tape Tension
Its also important for the athletes comfort and performance, that the arm is not taped too tight, as it will prevent the blood flow down the arm and become uncomfortable.
To strap a shoulder to the correct tension, you simply need to take care to lay the Rigid Strapping Tape on the skin with little to no tape with tension.
More “How to Strap” Articles?
In the first two articles of the SportStrap “How to Strap” series, we have looked how to prevent both ankle and knee injuries with some great strapping techniques.
In case you missed the articles, you can find them here:
Next week, we will take a look at how to prevent thumb injuries, and in particular “how to strap a thumb”.
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