Why Do Soccer Players Tape Their Wrist?
Professional soccer players tape their wrists to provide support and stability. But, some youth players are starting to wear them for the “cool factor”.
It’s similar to when Allen Iverson made the arm sleeve popular in basketball. The NBA players made it popular and the kids followed.
In this article, we’ll explore the reasons behind players wearing tape on their wrists during soccer matches.
Wrist Tape for Soccer Injury Prevention
Soccer players are often seen with tape wrapped around their wrists during matches. This may seem like a minor detail, but it is actually an important part of their preparation for the game.
One of the main reasons soccer players tape their wrists is to provide support and stability to the joint.
The wrist is one of the most important joints in the body, and it is quietly used extensively in soccer to make tackles, getting grabbed and land when a player gets knocked off their feet.
The repetitive movements and impact can cause strain and stress on the wrist, which can lead to injuries.
Taping the wrist of a soccer player can help to prevent these injuries by providing support to the joint and reducing the risk of sprains and strains.
How Can You Injure Your Wrist in Soccer?
There are multiple ways that you can injure your wrist while playing sports. Some common soccer injuries include:
- Sprains: A wrist sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the wrist bones are stretched or torn. This can happen when you fall on an outstretched hand or when you twist your wrist forcefully.
- Fractures: A wrist fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in the wrist. This can happen when you fall on an outstretched hand or when you collide with another player.
- Tendinitis: Wrist tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones in the wrist. This can happen when you repeatedly perform the same motion.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist and hand
Other Reasons Why Players Tape Their Wrist
- Covering Tattoos: If a player gets a new tattoo, they should cover it up so it doesn’t get infected.
- Hiding jewelry: When a player wants to wear a bracelet, they’ll have to cover it up for the match.
- They can write on it: Some players will write something meaningful or a reminder on their taped wrist.
Wearing Tape in Soccer Because it Looks Cool
Honestly, I hear youth soccer players admit that the only reason why they wear tape is because it looks cool. Rather than have naked wrists, they prefer to tape them up like the pros.
If it makes them feel better, then why not!
Many athletes have their superstitions so I say whatever floats their boat…just roll with it.
How to Tape Your Wrists for Soccer
Taping your wrists for soccer is pretty straightforward, here’s what to do…
- Start by cleaning your wrists with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils that may prevent the tape from sticking.
- Cut a piece of athletic tape that is long enough to wrap around your wrist twice.
- Place the tape on the back of your wrist, just below your hand, and wrap it around your wrist twice.
- Wrap the tape diagonally across your wrist, from the outside to the inside, and then back across your wrist, from the inside to the outside. Repeat this process until you have covered your entire wrist.
- Finish by wrapping the tape once more around your wrist, just below your hand, to secure the end of the tape.
Make sure the tape is tight enough to provide support, but not so tight that it restricts your movement or circulation.
Remember to remove the tape carefully after the game to avoid any skin irritation or damage.
There you have it! I hope that helps!