Hamstring injuries are among the most common injuries in kicking sports like football and soccer, and explosive power sports such as sprinting. They are still the main cause of games missed in AFL football despite years of research.
To Begin: To tape a hamstring strain it is best to have the leg in a stretched position. This can be done by having the patient lay on the plinth face down with the injured leg off the table and the foot on the floor with the leg as straight as the patient can tolerate. As with any taping, the skin should be clean and dry. If the patient is particularly hairy, the hair can be shortened with clippers to ensure the tape adheres properly to the skin.
How to Apply: Once the patient’s leg is in a stretched position apply Rocktape along the muscle where the injury has occurred. This could be on the medial, lateral or central aspect of the hamstring. Apply approximately 50% stretch to the tape along the injured muscle, without stretch at the ends. If the patient has a large leg then you can use the “Big Daddy” 10cm wide tape, which will cover more area and provide more support to the injured muscle. A “decompression tape” is then applied over the injured area of the hamstring. This should be applied so there is approximately 5cm of the tape on either side of the longitudinal tape. The decompression tape is applied at around 80-90% stretch without stretch on either end of the tape. Once the tape is on give it a firm rub to activate the glue that will assist the tape to adhere to the skin. Alternatively a heat pack can work well.