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Strap Taping for Sports and Rehabilitation

Strap Taping for Sports and Rehabilitation


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    Strap Taping for Sports and Rehabilitation presents taping techniques for use on all body areas in both physical therapy and modified athletic training. This easy-to-use reference contains 50 strap taping techniques with Leukotape that help support or control joint mobility and provide greater stability than other methods of taping. Though the text focuses on strap taping for physical therapy, it also includes a variety of sport-related taping and other techniques used in orthopedic rehabilitation. Many of these techniques can also be used or modified for use with neurological and pediatric patients or clients.

    Each taping technique is shown step by step through the use of full-color photographs. In addition, an accompanying DVD provides detailed demonstrations of all tape applications. By referring to more than 200 photos and illustrations with video sequences, readers will experience a dynamic and detailed presentation for learning strap taping techniques.

    Strap Taping for Sports and Rehabilitation follows a regional approach in presenting appropriate techniques for injuries and other conditions for the ankle and foot; the knee; the cervical, thoracic, and lumbopelvic area; the shoulder; and the elbow, wrist, and hand. The text includes a discussion of the types of tape currently used in treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and presents theories on effectiveness of taping. It also details taping precautions, supplies, and guidelines for application so that readers can be confident they are applying the appropriate taping methods to suit the needs of their patients, clients, and athletes. In addition to an explanation of taping techniques, the text includes photos and illustrations of anatomical references and landmarks. Readers will find reviews of functional range of motion, current evidence on the efficacy of taping, screening tools used in determining the appropriate technique, alternative bracing techniques, and case studies illustrating the benefits of effective taping.

    Strap Taping for Sports and Rehabilitation is an excellent resource for both students and professionals in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training seeking guidance in the proper selection and effective application of strap taping techniques. With full-color photos and video sequences, Strap Taping for Sports and Rehabilitation and the accompanying DVD offer readers a dynamic way to learn and review a range of taping techniques used in treating sport and orthopedic injuries.


    A reference for physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and other health care and rehabilitation professionals. An upper-level textbook for physical therapy and athletic training students.

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. Introduction to Taping
    Relationship Between Taping and Anatomy
    Types of Tape
    Why Strapping Tape?
    Taping Guidelines
    Taping Application

    Chapter 2. Ankle and Foot
    Anatomy of the Ankle and Foot
    Low Dye
    Cross X
    Navicular Lift
    Subtalar Neutral Stirrup Ankle Support and Modified High Dye
    Calcaneus Inversion Glide
    Calcaneus: Alternative Technique
    Achilles Unloading
    Hypermobile Distal Fibula
    Hallux Abductovalgus (HAV) Bunion Correction
    First Metatarsal–Cuneiform Glide
    Fifth Metatarsal Dorsal Glide
    Fifth Metatarsal–Cuboid Dorsal and Plantar Glide
    Gastrocnemius Unloading
    Case Studies

    Chapter 3. The Knee
    Anatomy of the Knee
    Patellar Medial Glide (Plus Tilt Corrections)
    Patellar Tendon Unloading
    Infrapatellar Fat Pad Unloading
    Pes Anserinus Bursitis Unloading
    Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
    Proximal Fibular Glide
    Tibiofemoral Torsion
    Knee Hyperextension Block
    Tensor Fascia Lata Glide
    Medial Hamstring Unloading
    Case Studies

    Chapter 4. The Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbopelvic Area
    Anatomy of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbopelvic Area
    Postural Taping: Upper Back, Midback, and Lower Back
    Thoracic Vertebra Glide
    Rib Support
    Low Back Hyperextension Limit
    Sacroiliac Approximation
    Ilial Shear, Anterior or Posterior
    Diamond Box Unloading
    Hip and Gluteal Muscle Approximation
    Case Studies

    Chapter 5. The Shoulder
    Anatomy of the Shoulder
    Postural Upper Back
    AC Joint Separation and Clavicle Fracture Correction
    AC Joint Blocking (for Subacromial Impingement)
    Scapula Position Correction
    Inferior Subluxing Shoulder Correction
    Anterior Shoulder Dislocation Protection
    Case Studies

    Chapter 6. The Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
    Anatomy of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
    Epicondylitis Strapping
    Radial Head Glide
    Diamond Box Unloading
    Ulnar External Rotation Glide
    Ulnar Internal Rotation Glide
    Elbow Hyperextension Varus or Valgus Laxity Block
    Neutral Wrist Strapping
    Wrist Flexion or Extension Block
    Wrist Pain, Radiocarpal Glide
    Fifth Metacarpal Dorsal Glide
    Ventral Ulnar Glide
    Trapezium Glide
    Thumb Block
    Case Studies

    About the Author

    About the Author

    Anne Keil, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist and supervisor of rehabilitation services at the University of Colorado Hospital at Stapleton and Park Meadows Rehabilitation Clinics in Denver. Dr. Keil has worked in a variety of areas, including outpatient orthopedics, neurology, inpatient, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and home health care. Working in facilities or countries that did not have many physical therapy resources, Dr. Keil became interested in taping as a low-cost adjunct to treatment and an effective alternative to bracing.

    Dr. Keil received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2005 from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her BS in physical therapy in 1991 and BS in community health science in 1989 from California State University at Fresno. Dr. Keil is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).


    As a reference, this book provides a quality source of information when considering taping techniques for an injury or condition. The explanations of the taping techniques use both written and visual descriptions to help with understanding and application.

    Doody’s Book Review

    "Physical therapists, athletic trainers, and others involved in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions, especially those fresh out of their educational training, will find the text full of good ideas and places to start including strapping tape as part of their approach to athlete and patient care.”

    Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy-- Christopher Geiser, MS, PT, LAT