How to Tape a Wrist for Baseball

By David Ferris

Baseball is a perennially popular sport and America's pastime. However, it can be a rigorous game that, like any sport, involves the risk of injury. Athletes both professional and amateur sometimes tape their wrist to prevent injury. Taping helps stabilize the wrist, making it less prone to being hurt when bending back and forth. In a game like baseball, where the rigors of swinging the bat, sliding, and fielding involve significant wrist motion, taping can be a valuable safety precaution.

Use a wider, rigid style of tape. Athletic tape is preferable. Start wrapping at the side of the wrist, pull tightly across, and stop.

Wrap the tape lightly underneath the wrist. Be careful not to pull too tightly as this will put pressure on the veins and nerves and may restrict circulation, which can delay healing.

Cross over the top again, pulling tightly. Repeat the over-under wrapping in this fashion until the wrist is sufficiently wrapped.

Make sure the skin above the edge of the tape is not puckered; if so, it is wrapped too tightly. "Test" the wrapping by flexing the wrist. If it can flex freely, it has been done properly.

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