Taping has been used in sports for years. It was introduced in western medicine in 1892 by Gibney in the USA and later in German sports medicine (Montag & Lohfink 1964). Jenny McConnell may have been the first manipulative physiotherapist to incorporate taping in an overall management plan in 1980s. The main uses of taping are selective protection, support, correction of abnormal biomechanics and offloading of the injured part. In the case of certain existing injuries, the deliberate limitation of joint mobility can help to avoid further injury and provides relative rest to the injured part. In addition it provides support to the muscles surrounding the joint that may be under additional strain due to the ligament injury and also helps in re-establishment of neuromuscular control, proprioception, and kinesthesia. Taping has become one of the most innovative branches of Sports Medicine with physios and trainers always trying to develop new taping techniques. It can be done in the relaxed environment of a rehab centre or in between a match on the field itself, given there is enough time for the same as allowed by the rules of the game.
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