While taping and strapping is commonly used in sports to prevent injuries and protect damaged joints, there are few exact protocols on exactly how it should be done - the taping and strapping you might receive for any given injury or area will vary from one physio or trainer to another.
Taping and strapping are commonly applications for the following musculoskeletal conditions:
- Ankle sprains
- Patellofemoral pain
- Wrist sprains
- Shoulder injuries
While there is some limited scientific evidence to support the practice, in reality it is so hard to be sure that one application is actually the same as another - the result? You just have to trust your judgement and the skill and experience of the trainer or physio you are working with.
There are also a variety of different methods and techniques, and of course variations in materials used. When you consider that each patient presents with a different problem, you begin to understand why there is no truly 'correct' method for doing this.