UK's First Combined Taping Course

August 05, 2014

It is highly likely that if you are reading this blog you will have noticed that we will be delivering the UK’s very first Combined Taping Course in September. We felt that it was only right that we speak to both Rob Madden and Patrick Harding on why they have made this course and how it could benefit any medical professional.

Why did you decide to create this course?

It was over 2 years ago when we first started running taping courses and workshops we originally ran the course as a morning session on traditional rigid tape and the afternoon session on kinesiology tape. As time went on in our sports and clinical practice we found we were frequently using both together.

What makes this course really unique is the principles are revisited in both areas and then delegates then get time bringing both rigid and kinesiology tape together. Delegates will also use their clinical reasoning to apply optimal techniques to a wide range of common injuries and dysfunctions.

What are the benefits of combining the techniques?

Both styles of taping have their own unique benefits. When taping, practitioners regularly use one or the other. Typical examples would be zinc oxide tape being used for joint instability and kinesiology tape for a muscle strain. However, there are many clinical scenarios where a number of factors need to be addressed and where both can be used in conjunction.

Do either of you have any examples of combining techniques?

Taping for ankle pain and ligament injury is a classic example of when you may want to combine tapes together. A classic full ‘basketweave’ zinc oxide application may be ‘too rigid’ for some athletes whereas a complete kinesiology taping application may not quite have the rigidity that is desired. There are a couple of unique ways we have established to tape ankles depending on the clinical scenario. This will be covered on the day.

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