strap a shoulder

How To Apply The Double Shoulder Strapping Technique

Double Shoulder StrappingThis week I thought I’d take a break from our Kinesiology Taping Series, to feature a great Double Shoulder Strapping technique.

Although in sport, shoulder injuries don’t normally come on pairs, this technique is often used to protect the shoulder joints from injury, particularly in rugby and to a lesser extent AFL, much the same as Chris Judd has through his football career.

Most Common Shoulder Injuries

As mentioned in our previous “how to tape a shoulder” article, the most common shoulder injury, is the AC Joint injury, where the inside ligaments of the shoulder can be strained, stretched or damaged. The purpose of this technique is not only to prevent this from happening, but to ensure the shoulder joint does not dislocate.

So below I would like to share with you a video, where experienced Sports Trainer, Cam Wray, shows a great technique for protecting the shoulder from injury using Sports Strapping Tape.

 

Best Double Shoulder Strapping Technique

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As you can see from the video, Cam’s method gives great support to both AC joints and surround ligaments.

The tape is applied with the arm in a slightly bent position, as follows:

  1. 2 Anchors are applied, one over the shoulder and the other around the bicep (with little to no tape tension).
  2. 2-3 basket-weave strips in both direction are then applied, criss-crossing over the point of the shoulder, pulling the shoulder firm into the joint
  3. 2-3 corkscrew strips are also applied, first starting from the nipple area, up and over the point of the shoulder and wrapping around the arm.
  4. Apply some more strips over the anchors to lock down the the previous 2 steps.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 on the opposite arm.
  6. Finish off with Elastic Adhesive Bandage over and around the arm, shoulder, and around the upper torso.

What items do you need to Strap an Shoulder?

So now that we have covered the technique, lets take a look at what items you will need to complete the job properly:

 

 

Optional items you may wish to use:

 

 

Preparation to Tape a Shoulder

For optimum results when taping the shoulder, it is recommended to prepare the shoulder by doing the following:

  • For hairy guys only, Tape or Shave off any hair around the shoulder our chest area.
  • Apply Pre-Tape Spray to improve Tape Adhesion, or to prevent tape trauma during removal.
  • If nipple irritation is a concern, protect the nipple with an adhesive foam ring.

Correct Tape Tension

Its also important when strapping the shoulder that it is not taped to tight, as it will prevent the blood flow around the shoulder and restrict movement.

The rigid tape application in particular should be applied with little or no tape tension.

Here’s What You Need To Do Next…

First…

While this method is quiet simple, make sure you practice it once or twice in the next week, while its fresh in your mind.

Then…

If you have any questions about strapping shoulders (or the “How To Strap” series), leave me a comment below on this page.

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Have a most outstanding day,

Cade Arnel

SportStrap.com.au ©2012


Chris Judd Shoulder Injury

How To Strap A Shoulder

Chris Judd Strapped Shoulder 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

So a proper taping technique is important for both shoulder injury prevention and sport injury management in sports people and athletes.

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!

How to Strap a Shoulder

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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:

  1. Anchors are applied both over the shoulder and around the bicep,
  2. Apply 2-3 basket-weave strips both direction, criss-crossing the point of the shoulder to give the shoulder ligament support and protection.
  3. Apply 2-3 corkscrew strips starting from the nipple area, up and over the point of the shoulder and wrapping around the arm.
  4. 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:

 

 

Optional items you may wish to use:

 

 

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

Shoulder Anatomy

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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Cade Arnel

SportStrap.com.au