Book Review

Extract “Ostium” – The News Magazine of the Australian Osteopathic Association Autumn edition 2002

Reviewer: Kevin Clifford

“Jason Stone’s “Sports Taping” is a high quality, self-published, spiral bound A4 style manual aimed at osteopaths who have an interest in sports medicine. Sports Taping consists of 30 pages of beautifully reproduced B/W photographs (a colour version is also available) that clearly illustrate how to apply supportive taping for a wide range of sporting injuries. Sports Taping is well priced at $35.00 for the black and white version, $60.00 for the colour version and $30.00 for the CD Rom version (pdf.format). My review copy was filled with an abundance of razor sharp digital images showing each step of the taping (strapping) process. Even novices to taping, like myself, would find it hard to make mistakes.

On page one Jason introduces the practitioner to the benefits and limitations of joint taping and mentions some useful things to consider before applying tapes (e.g. whether the patient has an allergy to the tape and taking care not to restrict blood flow). There is also a brief description of all the different taping materials you might need to get you going; practitioners new to taping will find this section particularly useful when considering which tapes to order in.

Sports Taping was designed to assist students and practitioners with the management of patients with sports-related injuries. It was not meant to be a sports medicine manual; it contains very little information other than how to apply taping. Although there are no particular contraindications that I know of for using taping (apart from those considerations already mentioned) practitioners should ensure they have some prior understanding of sports injuries before applying the taping techniques shown in this book.

The strength of Sports Taping is its simplicity; it clearly illustrates the taping techniques for a variety of sports injury conditions, from simple ankle taping to prevent further inversion injuries to more complex taping, using rigid tape for joint stabilisation and elastic tape for muscular support, to stabilise the medial collateral ligaments of the knee. Jason also shows us a shoulder taping technique; primarily used to limit glenohumeral motion is also good for acromioclavicular joint instability, rotator cuff strain and sub-acromial bursitis.

All in all, Sports Taping is a very handy book to have within reach. There will no doubt be numerous occasions when strapping elbows, wrists and ankles will be helpful to your patients, and it will certainly raise your professional profile to provide this facility in your clinic. Sports Taping shows you how to provide support for the most common sports injuries you are likely to encounter in practice, and would therefore make a great companion book to a dedicated sports medicine text or to university lecture notes.”

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