How to Tape Fingers in Football for Linemen
Linemen have dirty jobs in football. Offensive linemen create holes for running backs and protect the quarterback. Defensive linemen rush the passer, tackle the runner and provide the main coverage over the middle zone. These players are big, and because of the abuse they dish out and take, their careers are shorter than those of most other players. Linemen use their hands as weapons on the field and, without proper protection, can end up with broken fingers. Taping fingers together gives them added protection against injuries, such as breaks and sprains.
Cut strips of 1- to 1 1/2-inch-wide athletic tape with scissors. The number of pieces you cut depends on the number of fingers you intend to tape together and if you tape both hands. Ensure the strips are long enough to wrap around your fingers comfortably without cutting off circulation and limiting your finger movement.
Wrap the tape around two fingers, letting each finger act as a splint against the other. Place the tape between the base knuckle and the middle knuckle. Smooth the tape around the base of your fingers with your free hand.
Wrap another piece of tape around the same two fingers between the middle knuckle and the top knuckle. Smooth the tape around your fingers.
Check your fingers for freedom of movement. Remove and replace the tape until you feel comfortable with the tape placement.
Work with a trainer or coach to help with your taping needs.
Wrap tape around the middle knuckle using a wider-width tape for more stabilization and protection against injury.
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