Rocktaping for Hands: Preventing Hand Rips During Sport
Many athletes have experienced these nasty buggers. Weightlifting, gymnastics, CrossFit, rock climbing, tactical ropes. There are numerous scenarios where the right combination of tight grip, friction, and a hard surface produces a shearing force that is greater than the capacity for the skin to withstand, and we get one of these annoying and sometimes painful rips.
There's nothing worse than having this occur early in a CrossFit event where you have numerous rounds to complete. The combination of sweat, chalk, and metal leaves a lot to be desired! While some athletes use gloves in sports that allow it, many find them to be cumbersome or just simply don't like using them. Luckily, there is a very simply and effective way to apply Rocktape to save your hands. It may sound cliche, but "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The best way to manage one of these wounds is simply to avoid them altogether.
The following video walks you through the steps of cutting and applying the tape. I have taught this exact taping technique to two different athletes last week, so I though perhaps it wasn't as 'common knowledge' as I had assumed.
Check out the video, and feel free to share with any of your fellow athletes who would benefit. Also, check out the "Downloads" tab on the homepage of the Athletes Physiotherapy website where you can download and print the exact step-by-step instructions for performing this taping application.
Thank you for stopping by the Athletes Physiotherapy Blog! Kristopher Bosch founded Athletes Physiotherapy in Las Vegas, NV. He is a Father, physical therapist, athletic trainer, pilates teacher, & perpetual student!
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