Taping – Your Need To Know Guide

Taping can play an essential part in rehabilitation and injury prevention and at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we use it frequently to support our clients throughout their injury recovery journey.

What does taping actually do?

Taping aims to help provide extra support and structure to injured or inflamed joints. This can help by taking some pressure from the joint and allow it to move in the desired directions. It can also limit movement in the same way, preventing already strained or stretched ligaments and other soft tissues from stretching too far once again. This support has also been found to reduce pain for a lot of patients and improve their confidence in getting back to their original skill and fitness regime.

Are there different types of taping?

There are three main types of taping, and they relate to the material used and their function:

Rigid Tape – is tough in texture and provides a lot of support. It is generally used to minimise movement and when used correctly can “guide” joint movement to enhance stability but still allow the client to participate in their desired activities.

Kinesiology Tape – often referred to as KT Tape, has come with significant developments over the past few years and is becoming widely used by athletes, physiotherapists and physical activity enthusiasts alike. It provides support to soft tissue, specifically muscles and ligaments and it works by replicating similar movements through its elastic texture.

Although it’s not as supportive as rigid tape, it offers a lot more movement and flexibility which can be perfect during rehabilitation.

Elastic Taping – is much lighter and elastic in texture and provides less support than rigid and KT tapes. Its flexibility is widely favoured for clients who have to tape over longer periods of time, and perhaps need the reminder and light support day-to-day. These often have a cotton base, and this can make them breathe better and be more comfortable.

Before you rush to buy some tape, check in with your physiotherapist to:

  • See what they recommend for YOUR injury
  • Allow them to teach you the most effective taping technique for YOUR mobility and support
  • Recommend a brand(s) that will best suit YOU, with YOUR BODY in mind
  • Develop a plan for your taping, and set goals for YOUR BODY and activities

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.