Endura Sports Tape
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Designed by Jenny McConnell, Endura sports tape is a rigid rayon backed strapping tape optimized for patellofemoral strapping and taping.
Medical strapping tape is a subcategory of athletic tape. It uses a zinc oxide adhesive and has a rayon backing that provides extra rigidity.
This rigidity provides the tape with additional tensile strength. This in turn equips it to provide more robust support for extra stabilization of joint and muscle structures.
In the overall taxonomy of athletic tapes, strapping tapes are in many ways the polar opposite of kinesiology (or K) tapes.
K tape is designed for maximum elasticity and is meant to be comfortable enough to wear for days at a time. It does not restrict joint range of motion. Instead, it is designed to use the natural movement of joints and muscles for its therapeutic effectiveness.
Strapping tape, on the other hand, has minimal elasticity and cannot be worn for more than short periods. It is used to completely immobilize the joint and in many situations can actually also restrict circulation. The intention is to control joint movement in order to protect soft tissues from potential overstretching that can lead to injury.
It is typically used to stabilize the larger muscles and joints of the body such as knees and and shoulders. These joints are larger and more powerful than ankles, wrists and the elbow. As a result, regular zinc oxide tape is not rigid enough to provide adequate stabilization.
One of the applications with which strapping tape is strongly associated is McConnell Patellar Taping. This technique was pioneered by Australian physiotherapist Jenny McConnell. It is used as a way to treat a variety of conditions including Knee Osteoarthritis, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and Chondromalacia.
When used for shoulder taping, strapping tape is typically used to address mild instability of the acromioclavicular joint. The use of strapping tape to address shoulder instability is illustrated in more detail here.
In general, strapping tape is used following an injury and before the rehabilitative stage of recovery. It may also be used while playing a sport in order to provide temporarily enhanced joint stabilization and protection.
Typically, it is used for periods of less than a day to protect the joint while training or other physical activity. At a maximum, it should not be worn for more than 3 -5 days at a time.
This tape typically uses an aggressive adhesive. As a result, the patient should be careful to monitor for any signs that it may be restricting circulation.
If any unusual sensations (such as heat, coldness or numbness) are experienced, the tape should be removed immediately. Medical attention should then be sought.
Patients should also be on the lookout for signs of skin irritation (such as burning, for example)
Some strapping tapes (such as DynaPro Rigid Athletic tape, pictured above) are latex free and use a hypoallergenic adhesive. As a result, their use presents less risk of skin irritation.
As already mentioned, strapping tape adhesive is extremely powerful. In some cases it is strong enough to tear the skin if adequate care is not taken during its removal.
In the case of elderly patients with more fragile skin, we would recommend that strapping tape be avoided altogether.
Some tips that we can provide to reduce pain during removal of strapping tape include the following:
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