The use of cohesive bandage is widespread in physiotherapy these days. Cohesive bandage has the advantage that because it sticks to itself - rather than you - no underwrap is required.
Cohesive bandages are widely used by professional athletes such as footballers rugby players and basketball players - it can be used to tape the ankles prior to a game, providing great strength without bulk, meaning a boot or shoe can still be comfortably fitted.
Hand tearable styles are the easiest to use, and are ideal for a wide range of applications, including ankles, shoulders, knees and wrists.
Made from a lightweight non-woven material, they provide excellent ventilation, and because the material is so flexible, it will conform to the body contours, meaning that it is both secure and comfortable.
While this is primarily used pre-game for injury prevention, it also very effective when used as a compression bandage following an injury to help prevent swelling. It can also be used as a 'blood spill bandage' for a head wound in high contact sports such as rugby.