HOW DO GOALKEEPERS TAPE THEIR FINGERS?

June 18, 2020 2 min read

THE BEST GOALKEEPER TAPE

Taping your fingers could be the difference between making a game-winning save, or leaving the field with a broken finger.
 
Professional goalkeepers tape their fingers to add stability, making them stronger when making fingertip saves. Finger taping also reduces the chances of the goalkeeper sustaining an injury due to the impact of a football direct against the finger.
 
Read on to discover the best tape to use and how you can tape your fingers like a professional goalkeeper.
 
There are 2 main ways of taping your fingers as a goalkeeper.
 
  1. X Taping
  2. Cohesive Wrapping
 
Let’s look at each in detail…

WHAT IS X TAPING?

This application is used a lot in martial arts and combat sports, as well as football. It helps to prevent excessive force being applied to the joints in the fingers when gripping. This technique increases your grip strength by moving the strength empahsis away from your fingers to your wrist and hands.
 
 

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

WHAT IS COHESIVE WRAPPING?

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.

 

HOW TO APPLY COHESIVE WRAPPING?

STEP 1 - Rip a small strip of Cohesive Bandage (about the length of your finger) and wrap it 1-2 times around the finger that you want to tape, directly over the central joint.

STEP 2 - Be careful not to apply the tape too tightly and cut off circulation through your fingers. You can test this by pinching your fingertip and checking that colour returns within a second.

STEP 3 - Repeat on as many fingers as needed


Now you’re ready to get out there and play.

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