How to tape tennis elbow

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“Tennis elbow” is the name given to an inflammation of the elbow bone, often occurring after one-sided strain. The cause is often monotonous, repetitive activities, such as certain sports (tennis), renovation or cleaning work, hedge trimming, etc. Such unilateral strain can overburden the extensor muscles of the forearm and, over time, lead to inflammation of the tendon attachment, which connects the muscles to the elbow bone. The result is a stabbing pain on the outside of the elbow that radiates into the forearm. This occurs in everyday situations, when grasping something, holding it, writing, etc. This taping application can help relieve the irritated tendon insertion and the overworked muscles.

The purpose of this tape is to support the elbow to reduce strain from the overworked muscles. By shifting the stress of the muscles, it allows the tendon to heal more quickly and efficiently. This method is simple to apply and when used in combination with rest, can reduce the severity of the symptoms exponentially. It is an effective and economical way to treat the pain caused by tennis elbow.

How to tape a tennis elbow

Tips for a good arm taping application:

  • Is the cause of the complaint or pain clear?
  • Check if there any contraindications for not taping.
  • Before you start taping, carefully read the instructions.
  • Choose a colour of tape, any colour that fits your mood!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Do not stretch the tape at the beginning and the end.
  • Rub the tape well for adhesion. Heat activates the adhesive layer.
  • Showering or swimming is possible, pat the tape dry after it gets wet. Do not rub it hard.
  • It is easier to remove the tape with body or massage oil.

Taping instructions for tennis elblow

Materials Needed:

Number of strips: 2

  • Lime green I-tape (for the extensor muscles: extensor carpi radialis longus, extensor carpi radialis brevis, and m. Brachioradialis).
  • Blue tape (to activate the m. Supinator, which helps rotate the hand).

Technique: muscle technique (slight pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

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  1. Measure the first tape in a stretched position of the forearm, from the back of the hand to above the elbow. The elbow is stretched out, the wrist is bent downwards.
  2. For the second tape, measure from the elbow to the middle of the inside of the forearm.


Applying the tape

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Taping for Arm Extensor Muscles:

  1. Start by measuring the green I-tape while it’s stretched.
  2. Lay the base of the I-tape below the wrist with the hand slightly stretched and in a neutral position.
  3. Extend the elbow and bring the hand down.
  4. Now, apply the green I-tape along the forearm, moving towards the elbow, over the extensor muscles. Rub it firmly, but don’t stretch the last 5 cm of the tape.
  5. The starting point of the tape is called the “punctum fixum,” and the end point is the “punctum mobile.”

Taping to Activate the m. Supinator:

  1. Place the base of the black tape on the back of the hand without stretching it. Keep the wrist relaxed.
  2. Gently stretch the elbow and bend the wrist downward.
  3. Apply the blue tape along the forearm towards the elbow with a gentle stretch, and rub it gently.
  4. Position the base of the second black tape without stretching it at the slightly bent elbow on the outside.
  5. Gently secure the base.
  6. Now, slowly turn the arm outward and stretch it while applying the black tape over the forearm with a slight stretch.
  7. Ensure there are no creases in the skin, and rub the tape well.

By following these instructions, you can effectively tape tennis elbow for both relief and muscle activation. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional for personalised guidance if needed.

Learn how to tape

Want to learn how to apply tape yourself? We have various manuals that help both the professional taper and the end-users to safely and correctly apply kinesiology tape.

  • Suitable for All Skill Levels: Whether you’re a professional taper or a beginner, our manuals cater to both experienced users and newcomers.
  • Comprehensive Guidance: Our manuals offer comprehensive and step-by-step instructions for the safe and accurate application of kinesiology tape.
  • Visual Support: You’ll find clear taping instructions complemented by photos, illustrations, and instructional videos accessible through QR codes.
  • Proven Track Record: Our instructors have successfully trained over 10,000 individuals through the MTC concept in the last 25 years.
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Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.