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Gymnasts use pre-wrap tape to stabilize injuries.
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Gymnastics, although beautiful, is a risky sport. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, gymnastics injuries are nearly as common as contact sport injuries. In fact, from 1990 to 2005, around 425,900 gymnasts were treated in emergency rooms, and the average gymnast is hurt in gymnastics-related accidents 4.8 times per year. With statistics that grim, some gymnasts prefer to prevent and alleviate injuries with pre-wrap tape, both during practice and competition.
Pre-wrap tape provides support for the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and even fingers and toes. For example, USA Gymnastics explains that when the joint in the ankle suffers a sprain, the ligaments are stretched and will remain so unless they are offered proper support to recover. However, it warns that taping becomes less effective after 20 to 30 minutes have passed, and that, in this case, bracing might be a better idea. Regardless, it first recommends that you discuss your injury with your doctor.
Protect and Prevent Blisters
Gymnastics is notorious for causing blisters, called "rips" in gymnastics jargon. These are especially common after a long practice on the uneven bars, high bar or parallel bars, according to coach Rik Feeney from Elite Gymnastics and Cheer. With pre-wrap tape, you can protect the affected area and prevent your skin from ripping more. Feeney explains it's best not to place the sticky side of the tape against the blister. Instead, have the sticky side face up and keep it in place with another piece of pre-wrap tape, he says.
When you injure a joint, like the ankle, doctors will often recommend that you immobilize the affected area, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Even if your injury isn't serious enough that you have to stop practicing altogether, it's a good idea to use pre-wrap tape to keep it in place. Doing so will allow you to control the swelling and provide stability.
Pre-wrap tape can help prevent injuries, according to USA Gymnastics. This is especially true if you've hurt the taped body part in the past, as you're more prone to re-injuring it when you've hurt it before. It's usually recommended that you keep the affected area taped or braced for three months after the injury, but some doctors see no harm in keeping it taped for longer, says USA Gymnastics.