We experimented with the more traditional SPORTTAPE tapes this TT, which proved useful for a run of ankle and foot injuries. One sidecar passenger particularly benefited following a recent fracture; going from thinking he would be a non-starter to finishing on the podium, which was hugely satisfying for the team. Let's take a look at how we handled his case...
The racer had been wearing a removable boot and flagged himself up as having had issues which I then relayed to the race doctor, so we had a very collaborative approach to assessing fitness to race. This was underpinned by the Race Medics discussing his case with his Orthopaedic Consultant also. With serious injuries we always try to involve all of the main players.
A main plus point was the fact that the injured foot was the one that worked comparatively little compared to the right when racing. Each outfit is very different so the only way to assess this was to go down to the awning with the Race Doctor and see the rider moving around, which makes coming up with a solution much harder when the outfit isn’t moving.
Sidecar passenger’s boots are very slim fitting and thin, like slippers so taping cannot be bulky. One of our team has done a lot of football work and ankle strapping, so together we worked to get the support in the right place for him by fiddling around with the tension on the lateral borders of the foot to minimise inversion forces and doing a figure of eight application using EAB on top of a horse shoe locking strip using Zinc Oxide tape. The Squid system was also used throughout the fortnight to keep on top of the inevitable post practice and race soreness which proved very effective.