Elbow, Wrist and Hand - Athletic Taping and Bracing

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Acute Care Lab
Spring ‘10
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UCL is most important (Tommy John)
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Hyperextension taping
◦ Similar to knee; have the elbow bent about 10-20
degrees
 Make a muscle (contract biceps)
 Apply 2 anchors to biceps and 2 anchors to midforearm
 Make a fan, crossing the cubital fossa (2 fans)
 Anchor after each fan
 Close tape job
 Check circulation
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Similar to knee collateral taping- elbow bent
10-20 degrees
◦ Apply two anchor strips to biceps area and midforearm
 Contracts biceps muscle
 Applies a fan on either the medial or lateral aspect,
depending on which ligament is injured
 Applies two fans
 Closes tape job and checks circulation
◦ Not very comfortable to throw with
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Flexion
Extension
Pronation
◦ Palm faces down
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Supination
◦ Palm faces up
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Ulnar deviation
◦ Hand moves towards your ulna
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Radial deviation
◦ Hand moves towards your radius
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Wrist
◦ Compression (mostly for weight lifting)
◦ Hyperextension (common in offensive lineman)
 Variety of ways to do this
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Hand
◦ Hyperextension
 Same as above
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Fingers
◦ “Buddy tape”
◦ Hyperextension
◦ Thumb taping (common in majority of sports)
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The hand and finger tape jobs will take
practice!
◦ We use them just as much as an ankle tape
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Don’t get frustrated by it
Go off of the proficiencies
◦ Jeff and myself have variations to each tape job as
does each athletic trainer
 Learn it first then you can add your own variations
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