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Use of tapes, straps, or bandages to support a weakened body part without limiting its function, by preventing undesired movements which stress the weakened area. The tapes generally used are rather inelastic and 38–30 mm in width. Taping may also be used as a preventative measure to improve stability and decrease injuries. There are two main attitudes towards preventative taping. One is that it is always wise to tape joints prior to activity, thus preventing damage and maintaining joint stability by spreading the load onto other joints. The other attitude is that joints should always be left untaped because an immobilized joint cannot take its share of the load and therefore overloads other joints. See also bracing.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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