1. Purpose of taping:
-to support an injured structure
-limit harmful movements
-to allow pain free functional movements
-to permit early resumption of activities

2. Benefits of correctly applied tape job:
-enhanced circulation through movement
-control of swelling
-prevents worsening of initial injury
-prevents compensatory injury to adjacent body parts
-prevents atrophy from no use
-allows continued body conditioning often lost during post injury inactivity

3. Rules of tape application:
-check athlete’s taping history
-place limb or joint in position that offers most stability and comfort to athlete
-follow natural anatomical boundaries for tape application
-with musculature, allow for contraction/expansion
-overlap tape by half its width
-avoid continuous taping
-smooth and mold tape as it is laid on skin
-allow tape to fit natural contours of skin/body part
-always start taping with anchor pieces and finish with closing pieces
-where maximum support is required tape directly on skin
-when finished tape application, check tape job for support, tidiness and flaws
-check circulation distal to tape job

4. Common flaws of tape application
-wrinkles/rolling of tape
-tape applied to tight
-windows in tape job
-natural anatomical boundaries ignored
-failure to apply proper anchors
-failure to use sound biomechanical principles