Kinesiology tape can be a useful tool to strength athletes for multiple reasons. This article is going to dive into why an athlete would tape, or need to tape the shoulder. One of the main, and possibly biggest reasons to tape the shoulder, is for additional stability that’s created through mental proprioceptive cuing at the shoulder.
To help us learn more about this, we reached out to Joe Gambino, PT, DPT, and CSCS at Perfect Stride, New York City. Check out the video below where Gambino shows us an easy shoulder taping method, plus read on to the descriptive text that explains why taping the shoulder can be a useful tool for athletes.
Note: All motions shown are for informational purposes only. The information in this article and video is not meant to prevent or cure any disease or injury. It’s always a good idea to consult with a medical professional or trainer before attempting any new training methodology. If you experience any sharp pain while exercising, discontinue movements immediately.
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Why Tape the Shoulder?
The shoulder joint is an area on an athlete’s body that requires ample stability, but sometimes needs additional help. It’s an extremely mobile joint, so if there’s any lack of stability, then an athlete’s performance can decline. Below are a few of the body parts that make up the shoulder joint and that will be in direct contact with the tape.
- Acromion Process
- Front/Medial/Rear Deltoid
- Latissimus Dorsi
- Rhomboid Major/Minor
Tape can help cue the body to increase stability by reacting with some of the skin’s proprioceptors. The above areas are common landmarks the tape will run over, which can help subconsciously cue the body to increase its level of stability surrounding the shoulder joint, and upper back area.