Follow this easy Step-by-Step tutorial to learn the basics of ankle taping. Anthony will take you through from start to finish the process we use to support and protect the ankle during sport.

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so you need to tape up an ankle follow
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our step-by-step approach and we’ll have
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you taping like a pro in no time
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g’day guys and girls Anthony from
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grandstand clinic today we’re going to
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teach you how to tape up angles and this
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is especially useful if you want to
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protect your ankles or if you’re coming
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back from an ankle injury here at
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grandstand clinic we make a series of
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videos about different injuries and
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teaching your taping techniques like
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this one so if you like what you see
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press the like button and please if
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you’re new here consider subscribing so
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you need to learn how to tape of an
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ankle whether it’s because you’re coming
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back from an ankle injury or you’re just
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looking to protect your ankle while
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you’re playing sport a technique I’m
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going to show you today is our standard
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ankle taping and we’ve used this in the
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NRL in the a-league in the NBL and in
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international rugby before we start
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today it’s important to understand that
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there’s literally hundreds of different
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ways to tape up an ankle and the
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technique we’re going to show you today
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is our basic one where you can guarantee
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that you’re going to give the joint the
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support that it needs without
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restricting the ankles movement at all
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it will serve as a good model for
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starting your ankle taping and feel free
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to modify your taping as you need to for
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the needs of your athlete we’re going to
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be using the 38 millimeter tape to tape
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up the ankle but to make it clearer
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we’re going to use the colored tape so
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it’s easier for you to follow along at
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the end of the demonstration we’ll show
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you in real time how we tape up an angle
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using just the rigid tape so you can see
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what it looks like at a real speed so
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let’s get started on our taping tutorial
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before we start make sure that the ankle
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is in the right position of 90 degrees
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there’s something sure that the taping
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doesn’t get too tired when the athlete
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moves off the bed we’re going to start
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with two anchors and position these
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anchors high enough above the ankle so
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that they don’t move when the ankle
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moves
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angle the tape slightly around the leg
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so that it sits nice and flush with no
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creases we’re now going to do a black
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stirrup which runs from the inside of
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the anger underneath the foot and it
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touches to the anchor on the outside of
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the ankle you can apply some tension to
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this tape once you get to the outside of
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foot to increase the support on the
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lateral side for our second step we’re
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going to move slightly forward of the
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first anchor so overlap the tape by half
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again run underneath the foot apply some
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tension and stick to the outside anchor
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use your hands to smooth the tape down
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and get a good stick to the skin our
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next step is to do a figure six shown
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here in red again overlapping the tape
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by half moving forward we’re going to go
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under the foot but this time we’ll go
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across the front of the foot and
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touching back to the inside of the ankle
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it’s important to just lay your figure
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six onto the skin don’t apply tension or
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your athlete will complain that the
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taping is too tight we’ll follow this up
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with a yellow half eight this starts on
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the outside of the ankle goes across the
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forefoot under the foot back across the
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foot to finish up close to where the
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figure six ended we could finish our
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taping here but the addition of two heel
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locks will really make the taping much
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more supportive for the airf eight
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with a heel lock I like to start just
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above the ankle and cross over the
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Achilles tendon around the heel bone and
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then finishing up on the lateral part of
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the ankle repeating this heel lock
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coming from the other side will help to
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reinforce your taping and stabilizing
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the back of the ankle really well once
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the heel locks are done it’s simply a
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case of closing off your ankle tape you
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try to make sure that any areas exposed
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skin are covered with tape to prevent
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the taping cuts here we’ve used three
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more anchors working back up to make
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sure that all of the ends of the tape
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are secure to finish the taping use your
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hands to make sure that the tape is well
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and truly stuck a good angle taping
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should be neat with very few creases or
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folds in the tape so there you have an
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easy step by step approach to taping an
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ankle now you may need to go back and
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watch the video a few times particularly
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for things like the heel locks to make
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sure you get the lines right a bit of
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advice where most people go wrong is
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they try to pull the tape too tight with
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the exception of the stirrups the rest
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of the taping should be applied without
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any tension on it at all with some
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practice you’ll get used to the
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properties of the tape and you’ll find
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it really easy to take the ankle neatly
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and don’t forget you can always go back
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and review parts of the video to get you
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taping right finally let’s have a look
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at an ankle being taped in real time our
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first step is to apply our two anchors
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far enough above the ankle so that
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they’re not going to move when the ankle
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moves progressing from there we put a
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first of our stirrups on
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our second stirrup overlaps the tape by
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half and attaches again to the lateral
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side of our anchors moving forward by
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half a tape width again we’re going to
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produce our figure six going underneath
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a foot across the foot and finishing on
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the ankle itself our half eight is next
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underneath the foot then back across to
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where the figure six finished finally
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our here locks going backwards from
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above the ankle cradling around the heel
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bone and then finishing off from the
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other side of the ankle repeat that on
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the other side so that the heel bone
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well cradled and lock back on to the
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medial side finishing off to cover all
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the skin with three anchors so that the
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ankle job is nice and secure
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use your hands to press the tape down
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and get a good bond check the movement
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of the ankle so that you know the tape
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is doing the job you want and all going
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well with a bit of practice you should
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be able to complete an ankle taping in
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around 90 second so there you have our
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basic ankle taping that you can use with
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a variety of athletes and have
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confidence that it’s actually going to
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support the joint is this method similar
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to taping techniques you’ve seen before
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let us know in the comments below if you
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have any other variations that you use
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for your athletes again if this video
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we’ll see you in the next video
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