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Ankle tape - Sports Related(6 posts)

Ankle tape - Sports RelatedFez
Sep 9, 2003 8:21 AM
Anyone know why NBA players tape their ankles? Is it for support or blister prevention?

Was planning on doing some hiking and was wondering if it helps prevent rolling/spraining the ankle.

Is the tape sticky with adhesive, or is it just tacky and it stays in place once you put a sock and shoe over it?
re: Ankle tape - Sports RelatedMJ
Sep 9, 2003 8:37 AM
dunno re NBA

I have torn ligaments in my left ankle on several occasions and now have a brace - tape works fine for a limited time but wouldn't be good for extended time periods or if you don't know how to tape yourself up properly

buy a proper ankle brace - mine is similar to this one:

it's the dog's bollocks in the support department - but it'll shred the inside of your shoe

you don't wanna be in the middle of nowhere trying to whittle a crutch - and nobody's gonna carry you out...
re: Ankle tape - Sports Relateddjg
Sep 9, 2003 9:46 AM
Support. The cloth tape, if done properly, can be very supportive. You need to get a trainer or someone to show you how to do it properly. And yes, it's sticky.
re: Ankle tape - Sports Relatedinnergel
Sep 9, 2003 11:11 AM
Ankle tape is strictly for support purposes. Due to multiple severe ankle injuries in HS and college, I had my ankles taped almost every day for 8 years by the athletic trainers. The pattern that is used on your ankle dictates the type of support you get. When they tape your ankles, there is a very thin layer of pre-wrap under the tape, held in place by a layer of tacky spray. The pre-wrap is similar to gauze but is a foam material.

My guess is that it would be very difficult to tape your own ankles properly. Any wrinkle in the tape is a potential hot-spot for blister formation.

I would listen to the above poster and get a couple of lightweight ankle braces. If your ankles are strong, then a good pair of high-top hiking boots should provide you plenty of protection from twists and rollovers.
Go with a good boot beforegtscottie
Sep 9, 2003 2:22 PM
you start fooling around with taping etc... You will get far more support from a good hiking boot than you will from a tape job.
re: Ankle tape - Sports Relatedgav
Sep 9, 2003 7:01 PM
Yep, it's for support, handy for NBA players with no ankle ligaments left and for court sports. Unfortunately, the tape really doesn't hold it's effectiveness very well and a brace is better. And pro-wraping makes the tape job practically useless.. Taping yourself really isn't that hard, although if you just want more support hiking, it probably isn't worth your while as stiffer boots would probably be more effective and it does take a bit of practice to get good at taping..

Hope that helps,