How to tape a groin strain

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Groin strains occur when muscles in the thigh and groin area are tensed suddenly and are over stretched. Groin strains commonly occur in people who perform sports activities such as tennis, football and soccer. Pain and tenderness are felt in the inner thigh and groin area. Wrapping the thigh allows range of motion without further damaging the strained muscle.

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Things you need

  • 60-inch to 75-inch elastic bandage
  • Non-stretchable zinc oxide tape

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  1. 1

    Wrap the thigh starting on the inside. Apply tension on the front of the thigh and wrap around once.

  2. 2

    Take the bandage around the lower back and then around to the front of the waist. Pass the bandage back down and around the thigh again applying tension in the front then up again towards the lower back. Keep wrapping this way until the full length of the bandage runs out. Take a small amount of tape to keep the end of the bandage in place.

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    Take the zinc oxide tape and start on the inside of the thigh as you did with the bandage. Apply tension to the tape as you take it around the front of the thigh, then up towards your back. Wind the tape around your back and waist the same way you did with the bandage. You may take the tape over the bandaged area once or twice if you feel you need more support. Cut the tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Take bandage off when showering.
  • Talk to your doctor if pain worsens from a groin injury as you may be dealing with a torn groin muscle.
  • Do not wrap the bandage too tightly. You want the bandage to support the strained groin but not to cut off blood flow to the area, which helps promote healing.

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