We wanted to make sure you are completely prepared when a gymnast in your gym sprains their ankle.
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Here are three videos we use for taping ankle injuries when they occur. If you have any question about a fractured ankle, make sure your gymnast gets checked out. We don’t want to slow the healing process down by having a gymnast walk around on an unstable ankle.
Edema Taping for The Ankle
Any time there is an ankle injury, we’ll want to use the edema KT Taping technique to help reduce inflammation. Criss cross the KT Tape over the injured area, cutting each large strip into 5 equal smaller strips. Watch this video to learn more:
By the way, we know this is a knee, but the technique is the same 🙂
KT Tape for The Ankle
On top of the edema taping, it’s best to use this taping technique to help the gymnast move better.. KT Tape is great to help athletes move better after injury. This should be used in addition to their rehab (which should begin immediately.)
Athletic Tape for The Ankle
When an athlete becomes mobile and has strength, use the athletic tape application to help stabilize the ankle. Remember, athletes become reliant upon tools we use. The same is true for athletic tape. Only use the ankle application when needed and not in place of rehab activities. Switch to plain KT Tape as soon as possible, as long as the ankle is stable.
Here’s a video of the taping instructions:
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