SPORTTAPE Tekkers for Snowboarders

Here are some top-tips for snowboarders from our SPORTTAPE instructor Rob Madden..... Currently I’m out in Aspen, Colorado for the 2013 Winter X-Games treating some snowboarders. So I thought I'd let you in on the 4 most common snowboarding injuries seen out here and what SPORTTAPE technique I regularly use for them.

Aimee Fueller SPORTTAPE

Heel Bruising

  • Common cause: Impact to the heel by not clearing the knuckle of the jump and therefore having an excessively heavy force through the boot.
  • To rule out: Calcaneal fracture
How to tape: Place a piece of soft padding felt directly over the bruised area (approximately 50mm width) and then follow the application below. SPORTTAPE_Plantar_Fasciitis_Taping_1 Lower Back Pain
  • Common cause: Falling onto back, ‘ragdolling'
  • To rule out: Herniated discs, lumbar or sacral fractures
Always consult a doctor or sports injury specialist before taping.It is important to note that the following taping techniques are applicable to where there is no serious trauma that causes withdrawal from participation. SPORTTAPE_Lower_Back_Taping_1

Wrist sprain

  • Common cause: Falling onto outstretched arm
  • To rule out: Wrist fracture, carpal bone subluxations
How to tape: Nice, simple figure of 8 around the wrist joint (and thumb if appropriate) using a long continuous <I-STRIP>.Add 50% tension over the point of sprain (palm or dorsum).

Knee injury

  • Common cause: Twisting, impact jar, overstretching
  • To rule out: Fracture, Meniscal tear, ACL rupture, collateral ligament tears
How to tape: Lay 1st <I-STRIP> down from proximal lateral thigh to lateral knee with 0% tension with leg at stretch into adduction. Then place the 2nd <I-STRIP> using the Center Technique aiming up and over lateral knee joint line with 50-75% tension mid part of tape. Should you wish you can add further <I-STRIP>'s to maximise the effect. Runners_Knee_1If you need any further application advice just let me know. It's going to be a few busy days here in Aspen but I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Always consult a doctor or sports injury specialist before taping.It is important to note that the following taping techniques are applicable to where there is no serious trauma that causes withdrawal from participation. P.S In case you're wondering who the boarder above is, it's the insanely talented British snowboarder Aimee Fuller!

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