HOW TO APPLY X TAPING?
STEP 1 - Rip a long strip of 1.25cm or 2.5cm Zinc Oxide tape and wrap 1-2 times around the finger that you want to tape beneath the knuckle
STEP 2 - Bring the tape up at an angle over the front knuckle joint line creating one half of an X. Wrap the tape 1-2 times around the upper knuckle, making sure not to tape over the real joint line as you still need to be able to bend the finger
STEP 3 - Come back down to where you started, again crossing the joint line to make a full X. Wrap 1-2 more times around lower finger to lock off. You should be able to still bend the finger but it should feel supported and the last couple of degrees locked off by the thickness of the tape. This will force you into using more forearm strength when gripping rather than purely the finger
STEP 4 - Repeat on as many fingers as needed
The most popular finger taping application for goalkeepers uses Cohesive bandage. This is the same tape that you may use on your socks, so it’s a great chance to double-up on your roll. This application provides stability to the joints in your fingers, allowing flexion but reducing extension. Meaning less chance of your fingers getting bent backwards.
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