You’ve probably seen climbers in the gym with their fingers battered and covered in tape. Taping your fingers can help you to still climb even when they’re a bit achy, or prevent a tweak from becoming an injury. Taping holds the tendon against the bone, and stops the already sore pulley from being over stressed. Learning how to tape is a useful skill, so I figured it would be good to write a post on it. I’ve only taped my finger a few times when I had a small pulley injury, which you can read about here. I used the technique shown below, which is variation of the figure of 8 method. I found this the easiest and most supportive taping method, as it’s fairly easy to do yourself.
1. Relax the finger that needs taping and make a fist to tuck the other digits out of the way.
Starting at the bottom pad of finger/proximal phalanx, wrap the tape around 3 times towards yourself, keeping the finger relaxed.
2. After 3 turns, cross the tape diagonally along the side of the knuckle ensuring knuckle is not covered.
3. Wrap the tape 3 times around the middle pad of finger/middle phalanx, and diagonally along the other side of the knuckle, ending back where the tape started.
Hopefully that makes sense, and the pictures are helpful! Ultimately if your tendons or pulleys are hurting you probably shouldn’t climb, as sad as that seems, but I hope this helps you prevent an injury.
Please feel free to leave any thoughts or tips in the comments on taping fingers 🙂
07/07/2016 at 11:24
My only thought is be very careful. The agreed level of support taping gives is about 10% while it gives a huge confidence boost making people think they can climb through injuries. For major pulley injury I was told to categorically not tape as it would impinge healing and potentially cause further problems (advice from a climbing injury trained physio)
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07/07/2016 at 17:56
Yeah you’re right, being careful is very important. Thanks for the comment 🙂
08/07/2016 at 08:52
Great post! I appreciate that you also added that you should only be taping and climbing with a small pulley injury. Many people think they can start pushing it to the limit again as soon as they tape up! 🙂
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