The tapes used by sports persons are referred to as sport tape. These tapes have different shapes and designs to enable them work well in their specified area of use. Some of the commonly used sport tapes and their areas of preference use are:
Zinc Oxide tapes which are made of cotton, rayon and an adhesive filled with Zinc oxide. It is commonly used to prevent the knee or ankle from twisting or rolling respectively. A sports person nursing injuries on the knee or ankle would use the Zinc oxide tapes to support the knee or ankle.
Crepe bandage which is commonly used by boxers. This tape is padded and so used to wrap the hand of a boxer. It gives protection to the hand as well as support.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tapes are also used by sportsmen. They have many uses and are generally preferred for quick fixes like in marking Badminton court.
Athletic tear tape which is also commonly known as Tear Light Elastic Adhesive Bandage works like the Elastic Adhesive Bandage. This tape has a light strength therefore mainly used as lifting tape to secure ice cubes. Sports people use ice cubes to administer some first aid in certain kind of injuries.
Cohesive bandages are designed to be used on injuries experienced on the head or hairy parts of the body. It has a coating that helps it to stick in position since the coating grips the skin. This bandage does not pull hair but sticks to itself. It is best suited for people with allergy problems.
Elastic Adhesive Bandages (EAB) commonly used to strap thighs provide strength lengthwise. It is commonly used by rugby players to provide extra grip at the line outs.
From the few examples given above, a particular sporting activity has a specific sport tape that will give good results. These tapes are very vital in a sports persons life as majority help in reducing pain experienced by the injured person. When the injury is not severe and the individual needs to continue playing, the sport tape provides a quick short term solution to the injury.
There are some tapes which seem to control the swelling of an injured muscle. An example of such kind of a tape is known as Tubular bandages sport tapes. These tapes give support to weakened muscles in the regions where swelling is observed. Some of these sport tapes may be used in more than one area.