How to Wrap a Knee With Athletic Tape

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When wrapping a knee using athletic tape, it is important to first apply a thin layer of pre-wrap to protect the skin from the sticky side of the tape. Protect a hurt knee by wrapping it securely with help from a certified health and safety instructor in this free video on treating injuries.

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Hi my name is Sunshine with Sunshine Safety. I'm located here in Snellville, Georgia. I have been involved in the health and safety business for approximately 15 years. I started out as a lifeguard and eventually became an instructor. Today we're going to learn how to wrap an injured knee using sports tape. Because of the age of our victim I do want to use pre-wrap just because the sports tape can be a little sticky and painful to remove. You do want to start with the pre-wrap going above the injured site. You don't usually need to use pressure with the pre-wrap. Once again this is just a protection for the victim from the tape. You're going to follow it with the athletic tape. As with any wrap you do want to use overlapping technique just to give a little bit more protection to the injured area. As you're wrapping you can be asking the victim to make sure the pressure is okay and that it's not too tight for your victim. If your victim complains of tingling or a loss of sensation or numbness in the appendage it should tell you that the wrap is too tight and it needs to be redone. When you're finished wrapping tear the tape, finish it off. Then you ask your victim can you wiggle your toes? You're going to check for coloration in the toe. Check for warmth. And if all is okay the wrap is good. You can also use Ace bandages to wrap a knee as well. Here we have a large Ace bandage that has it's own gripping. And then we have a type of Ace bandage that is also a tape so it adheres directly to the skin but it's not painful to remove. I'm going to use the self adhesive Ace bandage. It adheses to itself without causing pain the victim when we remove it. Once again I want to make sure that when I wrap that I use overlapping technique. Just provides more support for the victim and makes sure that I have full coverage over the injured area. While you're wrapping you could be asking the victim if it hurts, where it hurts, if it's too tight or if they have a tingling sensation in their appendage. When you're finished tear it off and secure it, checking to make sure that circulation, feeling for warmth, for coloration and asking the victim to wiggle their toes. Very good.

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