School Sports and Taping Issues

Physical education is an essential component of quality education. Not only do physical education programmes promote improved physical fitness, they can also associate with positive social interaction, improved self-esteem, and better academic performance. Participating in sport, however, carries a risk of injury. Yet injury risks can be minimised by taking safety measures and proper education from healthcare specialists.

Youth Injuries

Whilst physical activity is necessary for normal growth in children, it can also be a cause of tissue breakdown and injury if the activity level becomes too intense or too excessive in a short period. Young athletes are usually convinced to toughen themselves and endure pain while playing sports. At much younger ages, they tend to become focused on more intense, repetitive and specialised training to be able to give their best performance. This approach is not in a young athlete’s best interest because:

  • It can delay healing and return to sports
  • An injury that can easily be treated can become one that is difficult to treat
  • It can lead to permanent injury that would put an end to sports participation

Young athletes commonly suffer from these injuries:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Overuse injuries
  • Heat-related illnesses

Children are not just little adults. Their body is growing. Helping them recover from injuries requires specialised attention.

Issues with Taping

Taping is one of the methods in treating or preventing injuries. It is used to restrict the movement of an injured joint or restrict the movement of a joint to prevent injury. Strapping and taping should only be applied by those who really know how to use it. Wrong strapping or taping on a complicated injury could cause permanent damage. If you don’t know how to apply taping on your injury, you can rely on a physiotherapist or any sports medicine professional. They have great understanding of injuries and are well-trained to apply correct taping to the injury.

James Boyd, shared his experience in a BMJ blog where he conversed with a 14-year old male athlete with vague soreness in his knees. He was covered in tape from top to toe. He admitted that he applied taping on his own, but had based what he’d done on the techniques he had been shown by physiotherapists in the past.

When Boyd asked if the young athlete need all the tape on and if it helps him with his pain and his performance, the athlete wasn’t sure.

Becoming too much reliant on tapes and massages, with very little education on self-management in the rigors of training may not be a good idea and could lead to unsatisfactory results. In this case, you have to leave things to health care professionals and let them do their work.

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping, the application of a thin, stretchy, cotton-based therapeutic tape, can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. When it comes to thickness and elasticity, it is almost similar to human skin. It can be worn without affecting mobility. It allows full motion to your body parts due to its amazing elastic properties.

While it is easy for many athletes to access therapeutic tapes and do taping themselves, it is better to leave these to the professionals.

School sports can be fun, until you get injured. Be sure to get help from a Perth physiotherapist. Call us today at 9444 8729!