Mobility is a luxury we always appreciate, but in some case limiting mobility is a good thing.
Through the stages of injury and rehabilitation, immobilisation is critical to ensure injuries are not aggravated or worsened and it assists in ensuring that movement in rehabilitation is controlled.
Today we have many variations of strapping available to relieve muscle stress, aid in inflammation and even increase blood circulation.
In sport, the most widely used strapping variation is rigid strapping. Used to immobilise a joint in particular directions and to stabilise the joint in the direction it should go. Rigid strapping, if applied correctly, can almost be seen as an extension of the tendinous and ligament system holding everything together.
Very importantly, strapping is not a lifestyle, cool-aid or fashion statement. But a movement aid during training or exercise. Strapping should only be utilised on a short-term basis during rehabilitation and re-conditioning. It is also not a lifeline to ignore required rest and rehabilitation in order to keep the game going.
As we slowly move back into exercise and sport, ensure you are in the know-how of rigid strapping.
David is a Registered Biokineticist, certified in Fitness and Nutrition, a Hydrotherapist and Sports Massage Therapist.
David is the head of Conditioning at Wanderers Rugby Club and St. Davids High School. He is also an IFBB provincial level athlete and NABBA Springbok athlete.