Taping Technique for Hamstring

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The hamstrings are a group of muscles in the back of your upper thigh that allow you to bend your knee and extend your hip. These muscles often get strained when you try to do too much too fast without a proper warm up. Taping or wrapping the hamstrings can help in the healing process by providing compression and limiting range of motion. Taping can be done with athletic tape or Kineso tape which is less sticky and allows more freedom of movement.

Prepare your skin for adhesive of tape by shaving, if necessary.

Place a small book under your heel to slightly bend your knee while taping.

Place two anchor strips of tape along the inside and outside of your thigh from just above your knee to just under the fold of your buttock.

Beginning from the lowest point (near the knee) and ending at the highest point near the buttocks, place strips of tape in an X pattern. Overlap each strip by half with the next strip.

Secure the X-straps by placing another strip of tape over the original anchor strips on either side of the thigh.

Secure the tape by wrapping the entire upper thigh with an Ace bandage. Begin at knee level and wrap around the entire leg working up toward the buttocks.

Tips

It is often useful to have someone else tape your hamstring. While you can place the tape from a seated position, standing is best.

Warnings

Hamstring strains usually heal in a few days if you allow the muscle to rest and keep it wrapped for protection. Hamstring tears are more serious and will continue to get worse if untreated. If you are unsure of your injury,or if you continue to have pain, swelling or bruising present, seek medical attention.

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