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Beach volleyball tape?

Asked by augustlan (47745points) August 14th, 2008

I’ve heard the answer to why Walsh has that black tape on her shoulder (injury/surgery), but I notice others have blue tape on their shoulders and or knees/shins…what’s the deal?

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eambos's avatar

Why does walsh have the tape on her shoulder? I’ve been trying to find out the reason why.

augustlan's avatar

I googled “beach volleyball player tape” and all I got were answers on Walsh. It’s medical tape that acts as a flexible brace, keeps the blood circulating, and/or has pain reliever in it. She’s had injuries to and/or surgeries on that shoulder. I don’t know if these answers were accurate, but that’s what’s out there on the internets.

trumi's avatar

Maybe it’s the same for them?

And playing volleyball can be pretty rough on the skin, diving into sand and such. Extra protection from cuts and scrapes?

chutterhanban's avatar

I don’t have a definitive answer, but this could help:

In high school, I spent a decent amount of time at the trainer and saw football players have similar tape jobs done to their joints every day. I know that for most of them it was to stabilize shoulders and prevent an exaggerated range of motion or a popping out of the socket.

Specifically, I play volleyball on a regular basis and I could potentially see why this type of taping could be used for hitters.

I wasn’t a trainer’s assistant or anything and I don’t have any extensive knowledge on the subject, but this could help:

snowboard06's avatar

Its a type of medical tape I think Im not sure of it its on yahoo but thats the answer to the blace tape for Walsh.

andrew's avatar

It’s Kinesio tape. Apparently it aids in dealing rehabilitating/supporting muscle as well as increasing blood flow by adjusting the fascia (see

eambos's avatar

Gizmodo also had an article on it. I need some of that for my knee.

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