Rugby is a very physical game, and there are limited things that players can do to help protect themselves. At TapeUp we know that it is important to protect yourself without effecting your ability to play, here are just a few ways that tape can be used to make the game safer, and to give you an advantage.
Lacerations to ears and cauliflower ear are both commonly associated with rugby and can be both painful and unsightly conditions. However, injuries such as these can be avoided, some players choose to wear a scrum cap, but people often complain that this effects hearing and can cause the head to overheat.
In the old days they used to use industrial tape and would wrap it around their heads until it hurt so it’s a lot more advanced now. Tape up recommends using a combination of Elastic Adhesive Bandage (EAB) and PVC sock tape, to keep ears protected from any impact.
There are two different types of EAB that can be used, either a traditional EAB which is a flexible, stretchy heavyweight tape with strong adhesive, the alternative is EAB Tear Lite Tape, unlike traditional EAB it can be hand torn without the need for scissors, the tape is lightweight however still strong, it also has hypoallergenic adhesive making it an ideal solution for people with sensitive skin. The EAB is first applied around the circumference of the players head to protect the ears and earlobes. Although EAB has strong adhesive to prevent it from peeling back, a single strip of PVC sock tape is then applied over the top of the EAB without applying too much pressure, to ensure that everything stays in place.
This taping should provide protection throughout the match, however, it is a quick and easy enough technique that it could be replaced halfway. Unlike with a scrum cap taping doesn’t provide players of the opposition with something to grab on to during a scrum.
Another form of taping seen a lot on the rugby pitch is taping around the thigh to hold a lifting block in place. Lifting blocks allow for safer and higher lifting in lineouts. Blocks are attached using a combination of EAB and PVC sock tape. Using a lifting block not only improves the safety of the lift, allows the jumper to be lifted higher and faster with more hang-time.
To attach the lifting block you first wrap a layer of EAB around the thigh, then whilst holding the lifting block in place wrap the EAB a further 3 times around securing and covering the block. PVC
sock tape can then be applied in a strip above and below the block, being sure not to apply too much pressure to hold everything in place.
Using these two taping methods can help to improve safety and performance in rugby, and all you will need is these 3 products: