Patella Taping: Follow our step by step guide to tape your kneecap (patella) to reduce pain. This taping works with patella tracking, chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral joint syndrome. Learn how to reduce symptoms with taping.
If your kneecap, or patella, isn’t tracking properly, it can produce knee pain, particularly in loaded activity. This is commonly known as patellofemoral joint pain.These taping methods produce a medial glide of your patella, to help restore tracking and reduce pain.

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if your training is being kneecapped by
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your kneecaps or today’s taping tutorial
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might be just for you ghetto guys and
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girls it’s Anthony from grandstand
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sports clinic here with another taping
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tutorial we make a series of taping
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today we’re going to be looking at two
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methods to tape your patella to reduce
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kneecap pain during activity
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patellofemoral pain is a complicated
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injury and there’s numerous variables
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which you’ll need to address in order to
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fully resolve the symptoms the taping
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techniques that we’re going to show you
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today are simple ways to reduce your
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symptoms so you continue training but it
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doesn’t replace a sound rehabilitation
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program think of the taping as a short
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term fix to realign your patellas but
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don’t ignore the rehabilitation that’s
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going to be required to fix the
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alignment of your knee caps long term
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one of the great things about this
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taping is you’ll know immediately if it
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works as soon as the tapings applied you
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should notice as the symptoms resolve
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significantly if once the tape is
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applied there is no change in your
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symptoms well then it’s possibly not a
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patella femoral joint problem that you
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have so find an activity that reproduces
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the pain then apply the tape and then
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repeat the activity and look for that
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immediate relief in your symptoms the
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first technique that we’re going to look
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at is our traditional rigid taping to
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really support the knee and whilst this
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tape is really good for symptomatic
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relief a lot of athletes find it too
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restrictive into competing the second
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taping using the kinesio tape is a much
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lighter taping and much more comfortable
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for the athletes to wear but it still
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should offer the support and reduce the
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symptoms so let’s get started and have a
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look at just how to tape your patellas
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to reduce patella femoral joint pain our
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aim in patella femoral joint paving is
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to maximize the space between the
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patella and the lateral edge of the
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femoral groove here we look at the
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lateral articular facet of the patella
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which is where usually we see the
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irritation occur
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to make it easier for you to follow
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along we’ve marked out the approximate
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location of the patella to improve the
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longevity of your taping job use some
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fixer mole underneath you taping job to
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get maximal adherence to the skin
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[Music]
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The Fixer mole should run from outside
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the kneecap right across to the medial
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aspect of the knee the first piece of
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tape that we apply sits directly on top
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of the patella starting from the outside
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and then moving across inwards as we
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apply the tape we glide the kneecap
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medially and look to make a pucker in
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the skin before we stick the tape down
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this Packer is really important for
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maintaining the medial glide of the
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kneecap stop the second piece of tape
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halfway across the kneecap and then
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follow the lines of the first tape this
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will produce a tilting of the knee cabin
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with our third piece of tape we’re
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aiming to rotate the patella to do this
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we’ll start the tape a little lower down
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on the patella so really grabs the
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bottom corner of the patella as we apply
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this tape we’re going to rotate the
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patella upwards so that the end of the
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tape finishes at the same place where
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the other two bits of tape finished so
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now we’ve applied a medial glide of
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medial tilt and a medial rotation to
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maximize the space under the kneecap
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again to strengthen our taping job we’re
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going to tidy up with some fixer mile
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strips over the ends of the tape to give
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maximal longevity
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take note again of the pucker on the
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inside of the knee this is really
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critical in order to maintain the
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effectiveness of the taping so let’s
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have a look and see what the three
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pieces of tape are actually doing to the
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kneecap using the model to make it
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clearer the first piece of tape applied
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over the kneecap drags the kneecap
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medially and you can see this starts to
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open up the space between the kneecap
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and the underlying bone by starting the
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second piece of tape halfway across the
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kneecap we’re actually going to produce
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a tilt in the kneecap and again more
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space is made underneath the kneecap
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[Music]
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the third piece of tape starting lower
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will rotate the kneecap away from the
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space
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[Music]
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so if we compare the before to the after
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saving you can see that the space
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between the kneecap and the underlying
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bone has been significantly increased by
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the tape having this space in the joint
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will mean that you’re less likely to
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push on the ureter cartilage on the
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underside of the kneecap during activity
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now the second taping job we’re going to
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do is using the elastic kinesio tape for
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the average size knee you’ll need about
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20 centimeters of kinesio tape you’ll
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notice here that we round the corners of
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the kinesio tape and this is just to
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make the taping last longer we find that
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if you’ve got a sharp corner on the
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kinesio tape it’ll start to peel off
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almost immediately fold the tape in half
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and then tear the tape down the middle
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peel away a portion of the paper backing
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to expose the adhesive of the tape then
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stretch the tape out to its full length
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and place the middle of the tape on the
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outer border of the kneecap keeping full
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tension on the tape bring it around over
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the top of the kneecap and then tap it
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down again underneath the kneecap take
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full stretch of the tape and then stick
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it onto the media side for me remember
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with the kinesio tape not to have any
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tension on the ends of the tape
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otherwise again the tape will roll off
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earlier so there we have two methods of
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taping the patellofemoral joint the
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first rigid taping is probably the more
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supportive of the two but a lot of our
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fleets will find it hard to compete with
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this tape in place because the taping
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sits directly on top of the kneecap it’s
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under a lot of pressure particularly
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when the knee goes past the 90 degrees
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and if you’re involved in a sport where
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you’re likely to go to your knees such
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as football it’s almost impossible to
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get this tape to stick through again the
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second taping with the kinesio tape is
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far more comfortable for the athlete and
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it’s a whole lot easier to try and get
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this to last through a competition
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whilst you do sacrifice some of the
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support of the rigid taping the kinesio
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taping is much more comfortable
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and it’s really not going to interfere
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with the athletes movements once the
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taping is applied you should notice an
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immediate change in this infamous so
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make sure you reassess the painful
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activity to see if you’re taking jobs
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working I think both tapings have got
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their usefulness in their place I tend
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to use the rigid taping more in the
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acute situation where the pain is
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significant whereas if I’m just looking
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to offer some support
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I think the kinesio taping does a really
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good job so try these taping techniques
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with your athletes and let us know how
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you go in the comment section below
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